The evolution and function of thyreophoran dinosaur scutes: implications for plate function in stegosaurs

@inproceedings{Main2005TheEA,
  title={The evolution and function of thyreophoran dinosaur scutes: implications for plate function in stegosaurs},
  author={Russell P. Main and Armand J. de Ricql{\`e}s and John R. Horner and Kevin Padian},
  booktitle={Paleobiology},
  year={2005}
}
Abstract The evolution of scutes in thyreophoran dinosaurs, based on Scutellosaurus, Scelidosaurus, Stegosaurus, and several ankylosaurs, began with small rounded or ovoid structures that typically had slight, anteroposteriorly oriented keels. These scutes were elaborated in two general and overlapping ways: they could flare laterally and asymmetrically beneath the keels that mark the anteroposterior axis, and they could be hypertrophied in their distal growth to produce plates, spikes, and… 
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