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First thyreophoran dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) of Luxembourg

(Volume 21 (2018) — number 1-2)
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Le premier Dinosaure thyréophore du Jurassique moyen (Bajocien) du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. Un ostéoderme isolé de dinosaure provenant de la carrière d’Ottange-Rumelange (Cimalux, auparavant Intermoselle) du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg est ici décrit. Le fossile a été trouvé dans des dépôts marno-calcaires des “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche”, d’âge Jurassique moyen (Zone Humphriesianum, Bajocien inférieur). Les dépôts correspondent à un environnement marin ouvert qui a fourni une faune abondante et variée, comprenant invertébrés, actinoptérygiens, hybodontes, néosélaciens, chimères et reptiles marins. L’ostéoderme, ovale et portant une quille basse, en forme de toit, est identifié comme étant un écusson dermique d’un thyréophore. Il pourrait appartenir à un thyréophore basal ou, plus provisoirement, à un des premiers ankylosaures. Le spécimen provient probablement d’une carcasse flottante qui a dérivé sur une certaine distance depuis la terre ferme. L’écusson dermique de la carrière d’Ottange-Rumelange représente le deuxième dinosaure décrit jusqu’à présent au Luxembourg et le premier trouvé dans le Bajocien. D’autre part, il s’agit d’une des rares découvertes de dinosaures thyréophores non-stégosauriens dans le Jurassique moyen.

Mots-clés : Bajocien, Dinosauria, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, Jurassique moyen, ostéoderme, Thyreophora


An isolated dinosaur osteoderm from the Rumelange-Ottange (Cimalux, formerly Intermoselle) Quarry of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is described. The fossil was found in marly-calcareous deposits of the “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche”, which are Middle Jurassic in age (Humphriesianum Zone, Lower Bajocian). The deposits correspond to an open sea environment with an abundant and diverse marine fauna, including invertebrates, actinopterygians, hybodonts, neoselachians, plough-nose chimaeras, and marine reptiles. The oval, low-keeled osteoderm has a roof-like appearance and is here identified as a thyreophoran dermal scute. It could belong to a basal thyreophoran or, more tentatively, to an early ankylosaur. The specimen was probably a remnant of a floating carcass that drifted over a distance from a land area. The dermal scute from the Ottange-Rumelange Quarry represents the second Jurassic dinosaur reported to date from Luxembourg, and the first one described from the Bajocian. Moreover, it is one of the few non-stegosaurian thyreophoran records of Middle Jurassic age.

Keywords : Bajocian, Dinosauria, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Middle Jurassic, osteoderm, Thyreophora

1. Introduction

1Thyreophora is a clade of herbivorous ornithischian dinosaurs that are mainly characterized by the presence of lateral rows of keeled osteoderms (or dermal bones) on the dorsum of the body (Sereno 1999; Butler et al., 2008). Thyreophora is defined as all taxa more closely related to Ankylosaurus than to Triceratops (Sereno, 1998). Thyreophorans comprise ankylosaurs, stegosaurs, and several more basal taxa such as Scutellosaurus, Emausaurus and Scelidosaurus (Norman et al., 2004). The dermal armour is extensively developed in ankylosaurs, with an osseous cranial ornamentation and multiple parasagittal rows of dermal elements (i.e., scutes, plates, spines, ossicles, tubercles) on the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the neck, trunk and tail (Vickaryous et al., 2004; Carpenter, 2012; Blows, 2015; Arbour & Currie, 2016). In stegosaurs, the most characteristic feature is the possession of two parasagittal rows of vertical plates and/or spines extending from the neck to the end of the tail (Maidment et al., 2008; Galton, 2012). Together, ankylosaurs and stegosaurs make up a monophyletic group known as Eurypoda (Sereno, 1986). The basal thyreophorans Scutellosaurus, Emausaurus and Scelidosaurus are likely a series of successive outgroups on the line to the Eurypoda clade (Norman et al., 2004; Butler et al., 2008). They had a regular arrangement of dermal armour, which includes several distinct morphologies of osteoderms, such as triangular spines, keeled scutes and small ossicles (Owen, 1863; Colbert, 1981; Haubold, 1990; see below).

2The possession of osteoderms is not an exclusive feature of thyreophorans as, for instance, it could be present in other archosauriform clades, i.e. titanosaurian sauropods (D’Emic et al., 2009; Vidal et al., 2014) among dinosaurs, crocodylomorphs and other Late Triassic lineages, such as “rauisuchids”, aetosaurs, phytosaurs and several basal forms (Nesbitt, 2011). However, the thyreophorans are the only ones that bear prominent and/or very extensive dermal armour.

3Thyreophorans have a long fossil record, which extends from the Lower Jurassic to the Upper Cretaceous. Basal thyreophorans are well documented in the Lower Jurassic of the northern continents, including Europe (Scelidosaurus, Emausaurus), North America (Scutellosaurus) and Asia (see Norman et al., 2004, 2007). Ankylosaurs and stegosaurs are known from the Middle Jurassic to the Cretaceous; ankylosaurs reached the end of the Cretaceous, whereas stegosaurs became apparently extinct sometime during the Late Cretaceous (see Galton, 2012; Pereda Suberbiola et al., 2013; Galton & Ayyasami, 2017 for a discussion about the possible survival of stegosaurs in India).

4In this paper, we describe one isolated osteoderm with thyreophoran affinities from the Bajocian (Humphriesianum Zone) of Ottange-Rumelange, on the Luxembourg-French border. This specimen represents the second Jurassic dinosaur reported from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; the only post-Triassic dinosaur remains described so far from Luxembourg were two isolated theropod remains from the marine Hettangian Luxembourg Sandstone Formation (Schlotheimia angulata ammonite Zone) collected at Brouch, near Mersch (Delsate & Ezcurra, 2014). Other Mesozoic archosaurian records from Luxembourg consist of specimens from the Upper Triassic beds (Hahn et al., 1984; Godefroit et al., 1998).

5Institutional abbreviations: MHNL, Luxembourg Natural History Museum, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; MNA, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, USA; NHMUK, The Natural History Museum, London, U.K.

2. Geological background

6The osteoderm MHNL BM766 comes from the Rumelange-Ottange Quarry of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, more precisely from the marls and limestones of the “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche”, which are Middle Jurassic in age (Humphriesianum Zone, Lower Bajocian; see Lathuilière, 2005) (Figs 1-2). The stratigraphy of the Mesozoic in Luxembourg and the adjacent areas is exposed in Boulvain et al. (2001), Monari et al. (2001), Belanger et al. (2002), Schintgen & Förster (2013), Schintgen (2015) and Taverne & Steurbaut (2017). The “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche” and the underlying “Calcaires d’Audun-le-Tiche” form the dom4 on the geological map of Luxembourg (1:25.000; Lucius, 1947).


7Figure 1. A, map oftheGrand Duchy of Luxembourg showing the provenance of the specimen BM766 at the Rumelange-Ottange Cimalux Quarry (indicated by an arrow). The grey fill shows the Middle Jurassic (Dogger) deposits within Grand Duchy of Luxembourg boundary. B, stratigraphic logfor the Rumelange-Ottange Cimalux Quarry (following Lathuilière, 2005). Symbols: 1, limestone; 2, marl; 3, bioherm. I-V, quarry levels. Level IV provided the here studied osteoderm MHNL BM766. Abbreviations: C.H-P., Calcaire de Haut-Pont; M.s.A.T., Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche; C.N., Calcaire de Nondkeil.


8Figure 2. View of the Rumelange-Ottange Cimalux quarry. A, general view of different quarry levels; B, marly-calcareous deposits of the “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche” (Bajocian).

9Hary (1970), Bintz et al. (1973) and, more recently, Lathuilière (2005) and Boulvain et al. (2017) provided a lithostratigraphical log of the Rumelange-Ottange (Cimalux, formerly Intermoselle) Quarry at Rumelange, on the border between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France. The Cimalux Quarry is in the continuation of the disused Weiss Kaul Quarry, and worked by the Groupe Ciments Luxembourgeois. The deposits of the “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche” are dated by the zonal ammonite Stephanoceras humphriesianum (Bintz et al., 1973; Lathuilière, 2005). They correspond to an open sea environment with an oxygenated bottom.

10The marls between the reef bodies of the “Calcaires d’Audun-le-Tiche” have provided a rather poor ichthyological fauna, with elasmobranchs (Synechodus, Protospinax, Orectolobiformes) and actinopterygians (cf. Pachycormiformes, Pycnodontiformes).

11The alternating limestones and marls overlying the reef bodies (Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche; see Fig. 2B) have yielded a more abundant and diverse fauna (Fayard et al., 2005). The marly layer IV/12 covers the shell breccia limestone IV/11 and is more productive in invertebrate fossils (Delsate, 1992, 1997; Delsate & Felten, 2005, 2015), with actinopterygians (Lepisosteiformes, Pycnodontiformes, probable Pachycormiformes and Furidae), hybodontid sharks (Hybodus sp., Acrodus sp., Polyacrodus sp.), neoselachians (Synechodus levis, Synechodus cf. duffini, Paraorthacodus sp., ?Pseudonotidanus sp., Sphenodus cf. longidens, Paracestracion sp., Protospinax magnus and P. bilobatus, Palaeobrachaelurus and indeterminate orectolobiforms). The Holocephali are restricted to a single plate of Callorhinchidae (plough-nose chimaeras). Rare fossil remains of marine reptiles are also present, with the ichthyosaur Ophthalmosaurus sp., indeterminate plesiosaur remains and the crocodile Steneosaurus sp. (Delsate, 2005; Soirfeck, 2005). The deposits have also yielded fossils of foraminifers, poriferans, crustaceans, echinoderms, corals, cephalopods (belemnites, ammonites, nautiloids), gastropods, bivalves, brachiopods, worms, bryozoans, ichnofossils, plants, spores and pollens.

12The osteoderm specimen described below was found by one of us (G.F.) and tentatively identified as a myriacanthid palatine plate, but closer examination and comparisons discarded this attribution (Delsate & Felten, 2015, p. 30). The study of the specimen leads to identify it as an element of the dermal armour of a dinosaur, specifically a thyreophoran. The only dinosaur remains described to date from Luxembourg were an isolated tooth (MHNL BR924) and a pedal phalanx (MHNL BR778) from the Hettangian, both referred to theropods (Delsate & Ezcurra, 2014).

13The occurrence of an isolated osteoderm belonging to a land animal in an open-sea environment suggests that it probably represents a remain dropped from a floating carcass that was transported over a distance from the mainland (for a discussion about the significance of dinosaur remains in marine deposits, see Buffetaut, 1994; Martill et al., 2006).

3. Description

14The specimen MHNL BM766 (Fig. 3) was found in several pieces that were stuck to reconstruct it. The fossil is grey in colour, with some areas of light brown colour where the surface is covered by a patina formed presumably by iron oxides. A serpulid with a question mark shape is preserved on the ventral surface.


15Figure 3. Osteoderm of Thyreophora indeterminate MHNL BM766 in several views: A, dorsal or external; B, ventral or basal; C, lateral (?); D, medial (?); E, posterior. In A and C, the anterior part is on the left; in B and D is on the right. F, loss of surface in the basal border showing the internal structure: a thin cortical layer surrounding a medullary region of trabecular bone. Scale bars: 2 cm (A-E), 0.5 cm (F).

16The osteoderm is roughly ellipsoidal in dorsal (external) view and pup-tent shaped (terminology of Ford, 2000; Scheyer & Sander, 2004) in posterior view (Fig. 3E). The specimen is much longer than high and wide. In lateral/medial view, it has the form of a scalene triangle with three unequal sides, the basal and posterior ones forming an angle slightly higher to 90º (Figs 3C-D). A sharp keel extends anteroposteriorly along its longest axis; it rises continuously towards the posterodorsal apex, which overhangs the distal border. In dorsal view, the parasagittal keel is asymmetrical and slightly curved (Fig. 3A). The basal side of the osteoderm is excavated, moderately concave (Fig. 3B). The external surface is relatively smooth, finely ornamented with shallow pits and small, irregular grooves. There are no apparent nutrient foramina on the surface.

17Some areas of the keel and basal rim are broken; they show a thin cortical bone and an inner region of well-developed cancellous bone (Fig. 3F).


19- Maximum basal length: 68 mm.

20- Maximum length along the keel: 80 mm.

21- Maximum width: 24 mm.

22- Maximum height (from base to apex): 29 mm.

4. Discussion

4.1. Identification of the Luxembourg osteoderm

23“Osteoderm” is a broad, generic term for all dermal elements that gives no indication as to the nature of the specimen (Blows, 2001). Osteoderms represent the most commonly documented element of the tetrapod integumentary skeleton (Vickaryous & Sire, 2009). Thyreophorans possessed several morphotypes of dermal armour (Ford, 2000; Norman et al., 2004). Following the terminology used by Blows (2001), the Luxembourg osteoderm can be identified as a scute. Scutes are defined by this author (see also Ford, 2000) as low ridged, keeled elements of oval shape. The ridge has a roof-like appearance, and the base is generally hollowed. They range from 50 mm to over 100 mm long. Dermal scutes were probably placed dorsally in transverse and longitudinal rows along the trunk of the animal. The asymmetrical shape of the Luxembourg scute suggests that it was situated laterally on the body. Based on the general form of the osteoderm and the curvature of the keel (in external view), it is here tentatively interpreted as a scute from the right side.

24Blows (2001) notes that the term “scute” was originally used by Owen (1863) to describe dermal armour elements of an articulated specimen of the basal thyreophoran Scelidosaurus harrisonii from the Lower Jurassic of Dorset, UK (NHMUK R1111, paratype). In addition to Scelidosaurus, dermal scutes are also known in the Lower Jurassic basal thyreophoran Scutellosaurus lawleri from Arizona, USA (Colbert, 1981; Rossembaun & Padian, 2000) and in all members of Ankylosauria (Ford, 2000; Blows, 2001, 2015 and references therein). The presence of dermal scutes in the basal thyreophoran Emausaurus ernsti from the Toarcian of Germany is probable but still unconfirmed (Haubold, 1990; Norman et al., 2004). On the contrary, scutes are absent in stegosaurs, whose armour is characterised by the possession of upright dermal plates and/or spines down the midline (Maidment et al., 2008; Galton, 2012).

25Colbert (1981) divided the dermal elements of Scutellosaurus into six types (MNA Pl.175); among them, the Luxembourg specimen resembles the scutes of the second category, i.e. narrow and long, roof-like scutes, with a keel that forms the apex; these scutes are asymmetrical and the ventral side is deeply concave along a longitudinal axis (Colbert, 1981: fig. 32, II). It was suggested that these scutes were lateral in position, the largest ones perhaps being located in the pelvic region (Colbert, 1981). It should be noted that these scutes are much smaller in size than the one from Luxembourg, as corresponding to a small-bodied thyreophoran (approximately 1 m long; Maidment et al., 2014).

26The dermal armour of Scelidosaurus (3-3.5 m in body length; Maidment et al., 2014) also includes numerous roughly oval scutes that have an outer median longitudinal keel and a hollow base (NHMUK R1111; Owen, 1863; Norman et al., 2004). Some of them, notably a few from the so-called “pelvic block”, are similar in both form and size to the Luxembourg osteoderm. However, the Scelidosaurus scutes show a large foramen (sometimes two) on the internal surface that is absent in MHNL BM766, and are more profusely ornamented. Based on articulated skeletons with armour in situ (NHMUK R1111; specimen from the private collection of David Sole, casts on display at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery – see Carpenter, 2012, fig. 24.13, and at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Dorset – X.P.S., pers. obs.), Scelidosaurus probably had two longitudinal rows of osteoderms extending from the neck to the sacral region and two additional rows on the dorsolateral side of the body; four longitudinal rows of scutes, including two lateral ones, run down the tail (Norman et al., 2004). The keeled scutes that most resemble to the one from Luxembourg seem to be placed on the pelvic region.

27Ankylosaurs have several types of keeled osteoderms on the thoracic and pelvic regions (Ford, 2000). Elongated oval, pup-tent scutes with a posteriorly-pointing peak and a slightly concave base like the one of Luxembourg are known in a number of taxa, mainly in nodosaurids (see Russell, 1940, pl. 8; Ford, 2000, fig. 12; Kirkland et al., 2013, figs 28-30, type D-E armour). However, the external surface of ankylosaurian osteoderms is generally characterized by its rugosity, whereas the smooth, sparse pitting ornamentation observed in the Luxembourg osteoderm looks more like the one of basal thyreophorans (Burns & Currie, 2014). According to these authors, the relatively smooth osteoderms of basal thyreophorans is the primitive surficial condition (also retained in primitive ankylosaurs). Moreover, the internal structure of the Luxembourg scute is consistent with the one of basal thyreophorans like Scelidosaurus, namely a thin cortical layer covering a network of internal trabecular bone (Scheyer & Sander, 2004; Main et al., 2005). Among ankylosaurs, nodosaurid and ‘polacanthid’ osteoderms have a thickened cortex relative to the thin-walled found in ankylosaurids; comparison indicates that the osteoderm histology of ankylosaurs, mainly nodosaurids and ankylosaurids, is highly derived from the basal thyreophoran type (Scheyer & Sander, 2004). Unlike the basal thyreophorans and stegosaurs, the ankylosaur osteoderms possess extensive structural fibres (Scheyer & Sander, 2004; Hayashi et al., 2010; Burns & Currie, 2014). A destructive (histological) analysis is not envisaged for the Luxembourg osteoderm, so this pattern cannot be tested.

28To sum up, the isolated osteoderm from Luxembourg resembles more to those of basal thyreophorans than those of ankylosaurs, but the available evidence is not conclusive for an accurate identification.

29Finally, keeled osteoderms have also been described among titanosaurian sauropods, but they are different to those of thyreophorans in several respects, i.e. in having a thicker keel, a marginal ring or ‘cingulum’ ornamented with tuberosities, and an inner convex (instead of concave or flat) surface (see D’Emic et al., 2009; Zurriaguz et al., 2017 and references). With regard to keeled osteoderms of crocodyliforms, the superficial surface is generally ornamented with large subcircular pitting that is distinct to that of thyreophorans (Ross & Mayer, 1983; Burns et al., 2013).

4.2. Middle Jurassic non-stegosaurian thyreophorans

30The fossil record of non-stegosaurian thyreophorans from the Middle Jurassic is rather scarce, but a few occurrences are known in Europe, Africa and India (see Table 1). In England, a large cervical centrum of an indeterminate thyreophoran is known from the Inferior Oolite Group (Aalenian-Bajocian) of Dorset (Galton, 2017). In Scotland, an indeterminate thyreophoran from the Bearreraig Sandstone Formation (either the Rigg Sandstone Member or the Holm Sandstone Member; lower Bajocian) of the Isle of Skye is represented by an incomplete ulna and radius (Clark, 2001). Galton (2017) identified the Skye specimen as Eurypoda indeterminate on the basis of the massiveness of the ulna. Moreover, the ankylosaur Sarcolestes leedsi from the Lower Oxford Clay (middle Callovian) of England is based on a partial mandible with teeth (Lydekker, 1893; Galton, 1983a). Three isolated osteoderms from the Oxford Clay Formation were provisionally referred to Sarcolestes by Galton (1983b, 1994). The dermal elements, regarded as median dorsal scutes from the back, are different from the Luxembourg scute in being thick but lacking a keel or any ventral excavation, and in consisting of mostly compact bone (Galton, 1994). Clark (2001, fig. 5) noted the occurrence of “possible remains of an ankylosaur” in the late Bajocian ofEngland. These remains are presumably two dermal plates from Glourcestershire figured by Reynolds (1939). They come from the Chipping Norton Formation and are really from the lower Bathonian (see Benton & Spencer, 1995; Weishampel et al., 2004). Hoffstetter (1957) suggested that the dermal plates may have ankylosaurian affinities, but Galton (1985) and Maidment et al. (2008) identified them as belonging to a stegosaur. Recently, Párraga et al. (2016) pointed out the presence of a possible thyreophoran (ankylosaurian tooth?) in the Bathonian of Oxfordshire, southern England. In Asia, non-stegosaurian thyreophoran records from the Middle Jurassic include the ankylosaur Tianchiasaurus nedegoaperferima Dong, 1993 from the Toutunhe Formation (Callovian; Matzke et al., 2005) of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, which is regarded as nomen dubium unclassifiable beyond Ankylosauria (Vickaryous et al., 2004; Arbour & Currie, 2016). In the same region, ankylosaurian remains have also been found in the Middle Jurassic Wucaiwan Formation (Weishampel et al., 2004). In India, a thyreophoran has been reported from the Kota Formation (Andhra Pradesh) and the material, which includes dermal elements, referred to Ankylosauria (Nath et al., 2002). Ayyasami and Yadagiri (cited in Wilson & Mohabey, 2006) indicated that it represents a crocodylomorph, whereas Norman et al. (2007) considered it as Thyreophora incertae sedis. According to Galton & Carpenter (2016) [S. Bandyopadhyay, pers. comm. to P.M. Galton and K. Carpenter, 2012], only the jaw bones are referable to a crocodylomorph; the rest of the material is Thyreophora indet. A binomial name has been proposed by Ulansky (2014) for this material; however, this failed to meet the requirements of the ICZN (1999) for purposes of zoological nomenclature, and therefore this name is not valid (see Galton & Carpenter, 2016). On the other hand, there are conflicting views on the age of the Kota Formation: it has been dated as Lower Jurassic (Hettangian-Pliensbachian) (see Weishampel et al. (2004), but a younger age is more likely (Middle Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous according to Prasad & Manhas, 2007). In Africa, Ridgwell & Sereno (2010) reported the discovery of a small-bodied basal thyreophoran from the Tiouarén Formation (probably Middle Jurassic; see Rauhut & López-Arbarello, 2009) of Niger. The remains, which have not yet been described in detail, include a wide variety of elements from the dermal armour, such as keeled scutes (Ridgwell, 2011). This find and the presence of putative thyreophoran tracks in the Lower Jurassic of northern Africa (Boutakiout et al., 2014 and references) support that thyreophorans may have had an early distribution into the southern continents (see Pereda Suberbiola et al., 2015).

31Table 1. Middle Jurassic thyreophoran occurrences (excluding stegosaurs).


5. Conclusions

32An isolated osteoderm (MHNL BM766) has been found in the marls and limestones of the “Marnes sableuses d’Audun-le-Tiche” in the Ottange-Rumelange Quarry of Luxembourg, of Middle Jurassic (Lower Bajocian) age, in association to fossils of a diverse marine fauna, including invertebrates and vertebrates. The osteoderm is identified as a keeled scute belonging to a thyreophoran dinosaur, presumably to a basal thyreophoran (but a referral to an early ankylosaur cannot be definitively excluded). This find represents the second Jurassic dinosaur fossil specimen reported from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Moreover, it is the only one described from the Middle Jurassic of Luxembourg and one of the few thyreophoran occurrences from formations of this age in Europe and worldwide.

6. Acknowledgments

33We thank Evgeny Popov (Saratov) and Alexander Averianov (Moscow) for useful discussions about the specimen, and Roby Weis, Ben Thuy and Alain Faber (MNHN, Luxembourg), Frédéric Boulvain (Univ. Liège) and Bernard Lathuilière (Univ. Lorraine) for discussions about the stratigraphy and fauna, and for technical support. For access to material and assistance with specimens under her care, especially the dermal armour of Scelidosaurus, we are grateful to Sandra Chapman (NHMUK, London). We also thank the reviewers Peter M. Galton (Univ. Bridgeport) and Pascal Godefroit (IRSNB, Brussels) for their constructive comments on this manuscript, and Annick Anceau for her editorial help. Lilian Cazes (MNHN, Paris) kindly provided the photographs of the osteoderm. We are also very grateful to Nathalie Bardet (CNRS-MNHN, Paris) for her help with the photographs, and to Mikel Arlegi and Asier Gómez-Olivencia (UPV/EHU, Bilbao) for their help in the 3-D scanning of the osteoderm. Research work of XPS was supported by the Gobierno Vasco/Eusko Jaurlaritza (research group IT-1044-16) and the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU, research group PPG17/05). DD thanks Vanessa Limpach (HENALLUX, Bastogne) for her continuous support.

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116Manuscript received 28.08.2017, accepted in revised form 15.01.2018, available on line 13.03.2018.

117A 3D image of the osteoderm MHNL BM766 in ply file format is available online as supplementary material (see

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