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Ankylosauria

TARCHIA
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Meaning Of Name: Brain
Classification: ANKYLOSAURIA; Ankylosauridae
Age: Late Cretaceous (Campanian), Barun Goyot Formation, 75 million years ago
Locality: Gobi Desert, South Eastern Peoples' Republic of Mongolia
Cast Size: 40cm in length

Tarchia in Mongolian means 'brain'. This name was applied because although the other ankylosaur from the Barun Goyot Formation, Saichania chulsanensis , has a skull twice the size, Tarchia has a larger braincase. However, the brain of Tarchia was still tiny in comparison to any mammal of the same size.

All that is known of this armoured dinosaur is a skull, so there is much more to be learned about it in the future.