Saurian Sunday - Sophie's a Strutting Stegosaurus

Inspired by today's Science Sunday post, here's a bonus Saurian Sunday: Sophie is touted as the world's most complete stegosaurus, with 85% of the over 300 bones in the skeleton having been recovered. Since its arrival at the British Museum of Natural History in London, the individual bones have been digitally scanned and carefully studied. Part of that study led to the recent publishing of a computer model of the stegosaurus' walking gate. That article was included in today's Science Sunday feature.

Sophie the Stegosaurus takes center stage at the entrance to the Earth Hall at the British Museum of Natural History in London, UK. Sept. 2017.

Sophie the Stegosaurus takes center stage at the entrance to the Earth Hall at the British Museum of Natural History in London, UK. Sept. 2017.

Sophie was found in 2003 in Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming. The fossils date back to around 150 million years ago, and indicate that "She" was a smaller sub-adult specimen of the species Stegosaurus stenops, one of two recognized species of stegosaurs. With the completeness of her skeleton, scientists were hoping to study her and learn more about her moving and eating patterns when the skeleton was acquired by the museum in 2013. The previously mentioned article is some of the first information released from those studies.