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Dinosaur find in Austria: in 1871 E. Bunzel found the fossil remains of a struthiosaur in a now closed coal mine near Muthmannsdorf in the Neue Welt Basin. The spines and plates as well as fragments of the extremities and the skull have been preserved. These are the only documented dinosaur fossils found in Austria. The struthiosaur belongs to the Ankylosauria, a suborder constituted by heavily armoured, quadrupedal herbivorous ornithischian dinosaurs. It had 6 types of armour plates and long spines which protected the shoulders, and plates with sharp quills for the protection of hips and tail. It lived in the upper Cretaceous and, measuring only 1.8 m in length, is the smallest of all known ankylosaurs.