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Minmi paravertebra

Minmi paravertebra

Minmi paravertebra is a small armoured dinosaur (ankylosaur) which would have been about size of a yearling cow. Minmi is named after the place near where the first pieces of it were discovered in the 1960s, Minmi Crossing. A nearly complete skeleton of Minmi was found in north-west Queensland in 1990. Minmi had armoured skin with large scutes, like a crocodile and smaller pea-sized bones imbedded all over. Minmi lived between 110 and 100 million years ago, during the Early Cretaceous period. It was a herbivore, and the armoured skin protected it from predators.

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