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I guess I'd probably include Stegosaurus in the 'Big 4' of Most Popular Dinosaurs of all time; the 'Big 4' consisting of T-Rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus and Stegosaurus. Now, this isn't official, y'understand; it's according to me. The reason: these guys show up in everything dinosaur. Let's face it. You don't get through Jurassic Park or JP II without seeing these guys (well, okay, in the movie it was a Brachiosaurus, not a Bronto, but you get my drift).
 
Rarely will you ever get a set of dinos that doesn't include these four either. They just seem to be what everyone thinks of when they hear the word 'Dinosaur.'
 
The first Stego fossil was found in Colorado by M.P. Felch in 1876, and named by O.C. Marsh. The most complete skeleton of Stegosaurus was found near Canon City, Colorado in 1992 and given the nickname "Spike."
 
Stegosaurus remains have been found all over the world: North America (Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado), western Europe, southern India, China, and southern Africa. This could have something to do with their popularity...
 
Marx's tail-dragging, chunky stego is a bit outdated. Well, okay, a lot outdated. We now see sleeker portrayals of Stego, and no longer regard him as the big, sluggy lumbering beast he was once thought to be (even in the 1950s, when the Marx figures were first produced). But like I have mentioned before, nostalgic saps like me love this guy anyhow, because we grew up with him (and not the JP Stegosaurus) and the many, many copies of him that showed up in the countless dime store dino bags.
 
Look around and you will still see the Marx Stego legacy living on in cheap ripoffs. Ja-Ru is one company that still sells a copy of this guy in a couple of their prehistoric sets.
 
We just can't get enough of Stego, it seems...

The Ja-Ru Stego is a contemporary Marx copy...
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Stegosaurus
 
Meaning: "Covered" or "Roof" Lizard
Length: 25-30' long
Diet: Plants
Time Period: Late Jurassic (156-140 m.y.a.)
Location: North America, western Europe, southern India, China, and southern Africa

References
 
American Museum of Natural History: Stegosaurus.
Enchantedlearning.com: Stegosaurus.