Kentrosaurus (KEN-troh-Saw-rus) was a small member of the stegosaur family. It had 9 pairs of plates on its neck, shoulders, and back, and 5 pairs of long, sharp spikes above its hips and along its tail. Kentrosaurus also had a long spike on each of its hips (some paleontologists think that it also had these spikes on its shoulders).
Two composite skeletons of Kentrosaurus were assembled from hundreds of bones quarried by German paleontologists between 1909 and 1912 in Tanzania. It was named by Edwin Hennig in 1915. The Tanzanian quarry geology indicated Kentrosaurus lived near a large river. It is therefore thought that it fed on lush, low growing vegetation along the riverbank. So many Kentrosaurus bones were found in this quarry that scientists believe that at least 70 must have perished at the site. This also suggests that Kentrosaurus lived in herds.
Kentrosaurus was found in the same quarry as the famous Berlin Brachiosaurus. Unfortunately one of the two existing Kentrosaurus skeletons was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid on Berlin during World War II.
Jurassic Park: Explorer
Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Kentrosaurus is nr. 064 of the Herbivore Threes that can be created in the game Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
Kentrosaurus was featured in the videogame Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis as a two-star small herbivore. They live in scrub grasslands. They are shy and are especially scared of Sauropods and Hadrosaurs. They are, however, are friends of Stegosaurus and like to move in herds with them. Kentrosaurus will live until 3 years when their DNA is up to 100%.
Their tail spike attacks don't do as much damage to a predator as much as the larger Stegosaurus. It is the only small herbivore that is able to attack large carnivores.
The coloration is a brown at the head and shoulders, and a lime green at the back, legs, and tail.
Kentrosaurus appears in the game. It is a legendary tournament herbivore. Originally, along with the Pachyrhinosaurus, it was a tournament dinosaur that did not yet have a tournament to fight in and could only only be collected by buying the Earth WWF pack. Now since August 18, 2017, it could be won in a Kentrosaurus tournament.
Kentrosaurus will be appearing in Jurassic World: Evolution. Its' coloration is a simple dull brown and creamy underbelly.
Kentrosaurus is featured in the game Jurassic World: Alive.
- A stegosaurid with somewhat a spike coming out of its sholder is seen in a banner in Jim Martin's concept art of the Innovation Center in an early version of Jurassic World. It's possible that the stegosaur is the Kentrosaurus, but since only half of the silhouette is seen, it is impossible to say.