New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

 

Typothorax


Typothorax coccinarum
Aetosaur
Pronunciation: tie-po-THOR-ax cox-in-AHR-um
Meaning: From Greek typo, "shape" and thorax, "cuirass"
Size: 8.2 feet/2.5 meters long
Diet: Plant Eater
Age: Late Triassic (215-205 million years ago)
Specimen Number: NMMNH P-12964
Location: Quay County, New Mexico
Image By: Spencer G. Lucas and Mike Pierce
Date: Spring 2008

A nearly complete skeleton of the aetosaur Typothorax was excavated by NMMNHS paleontologists from Upper Triassic rocks near Tucumcari, New Mexico. This image shows that the fossil preserved the animal’s skull. Typothorax became extinct during the Triassic.

See a reconstruction of Typothorax here.