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meaning: "Ancient skink"
Named By: Joseph Leidy in 1856
Time Period: Upper Cretaceous
Location: USA, Montana - Judith River Formation
Size: Uncertain
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Teeth
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Ornithischia | Thyreophora | Ankylosauria |

Palaeoscincus (meaning "ancient skink" from the Greek palaios and skiggos) is a dubious genus of ankylosaurian dinosaur based on teeth from the mid-late Campanian-age Upper Cretaceous Judith River Formation of Montana. Like several other dinosaur genera named by Joseph Leidy (Deinodon, Thespesius, and Trachodon), it is an historically important genus with a convoluted taxonomy that has been all but abandoned by modern dinosaur paleontologists. Because of its wide use in the early 20th century, it was somewhat well-known to the general public, often through illustrations of an animal with the armor of Edmontonia and the tail club of an ankylosaurid.

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