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Children's LiteratureStegosaurus belonged to a group of dinosaurs of unusual shapes and sizes called stegosaurs. These dinosaurs were basically four-legged plant eaters and each had different arrangements of spikes and bony plates running down the middle of their backs. Scientists theorize that these projections may have been used as scare tactics, or to attract a mate, or as a cooling and heating system. Scientists continue to learn about these amazing creatures that lived 140 million years ago. Dinosaur enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the illustrations and charts in Schomp's richly detailed source. Even very young children will probably enjoy looking at the pictures. As part of the "Prehistoric World" series, the book also contains a glossary, index, dinosaur family tree, and a list of additional references including on-line sources. 2004, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 8 to 12.