Zuul crurivastator was named and described by Arbour and Evans

adopted from the demon and demi-god Zuul, the Gatekeeper of Gozer, featured in the 1984 film Ghostbusters

The specific name is derived from Latin crus, "shank", and vastator, "destroyer"

read as "Destroyer of Shins" by the naming authors, refers to a presumed defensive tactic of ankylosaurids, smashing the lower legs of attacking predatory theropods with their tail clubs

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