Welcome to Allison's Stegosaurus Site! I am 8 years old, and my mama has two websites and that got me interested. My favorite dinosaur is Stegosaurus.
Stegosaurus is the Colorado State fossil and lived during the Jurassic Period. That was from 205 to 140 million years ago. The summer before last I went to Wyoming to dig up a Stegosaurus near Medicine Bow with my mama and my sister Mattie.
Here is a picture of my sister and me digging for bones in Wyoming. I am on the left with the dark hair, and Mattie is on the right with the blonde hair.
There were lots of different kinds of stegosaurs besides just Stegosaurus. Some of them had more spikes and not as many plates down their backs. Most stegosaurs died out at the end of the Jurassic. In Asia, some lasted into the Cretaceous. If you are doing a report for school and need more info than this on Stegosaurus, try this page on the Colorado State Fossil.
I have two really great story books about a living Stegosaurus. They are called "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek" and "The Shy Stegosaurus of Indian Springs", and both are by Evelyn Sibley Lampman. They are very old books, so if you want to read them, you will probably have to check them out of the library. The Stegosaurus in the story is named George and he makes friends with some children.
Here is my own story about George.
Once upon a time there was a baby Stegosaurus named George. And he found a big lake and the color of it was black. And he did not know what it was. So he went to his mom to ask her what the black water's name was.
And she did not know either, so both of them packed some stuff. And they started on a long journey that went through a muddy swamp and over huge bumpy mountains and across one ocean and the trip was one thousand miles long. They had many adventures along the way.
First, they had to cross the swamp, and it was very hard because it was 14 feet deep. And it was even harder to go around it, so they had to figure out a way to go through the swamp. They weren't smart enough to build a bridge, and they couldn't swim, so they found some sharp sticks and cut a log hollow and sat in the log and paddled across the swamp with sticks.
Next they came to the mountains. And when they got to the top of the mountains, it was a very steep slope all the way down from the top to the bottom. So they had to find some more sharp sticks and another log, and they made a toboggan with the handle made out of tall grass. And they slid all the way to the bottom of the mountain.
Then they came to the ocean. They had left their boat behind at the swamp, so they had to make a new boat to cross the ocean. And crossing the ocean took 2 weeks. And when they finished their journey across the ocean, they came to a giant hill with a temple on top which was the home of the wisest Stegosaurus of all.
So they travelled up the hill and went into the temple. And found the wisest Stegosaurus of all. He was drinking lemonade on his throne. And he said, "May I help you?"
And they said, "Yes. We would like to know the name of the black water in the lake in the state of Stegosaurland."
And the wise Stegosaurus replied, "The name of the black water you speak of is oil."
They said, "Why is it there?"
"Because the earth has provided it. And you can do nothing about that except leave it alone."
And they asked, "Is it poisonous?"
And the wise Stegosaurus replied, "Why, yes, it is. It forms from the decayed remains of many, many plants which have been buried for a long time. Once those plants were good to eat, but now they are not."
And they thanked the wise Stegosaurus, and turned around and went home. And that time they knew how to deal with all the hazards, so it was easy for them to get home.
Thank you for visiting! I hope you've enjoyed my page. Visit my mom's website, Field Adventures in Paleontology, and see some of the fossils we've found.