Allosaurus

Allosaurus

AL-oh-saw-russ

'other lizard'

2000kg, 12.0m-long large theropod

Diet: carnivorous

Country: Portugal, USA

Period: Late Jurassic, 156-144 million years ago

Teeth: dagger-like with serrated edges

How it moved: on 2 legs

Food: Stegosaurus , Diplodocus and others

The teeth of Allosaurus were 5-10cm long and curved backwards to prevent prey from escaping.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Carnosauria, Allosauroidea, Allosauridae

Named by: Marsh (1877)

Type species: fragilis

dinosaur-shop

Dinosaur gifts

Check out the range of dinosaur toys, games, books and clothes in the Museum shop.

dippy-on-tour-hti-top-wide

Dippy on Tour

Find out the many ways you can join Dippy the Museum's famous Diplodocus cast on his natural history adventure.

dippy-3d-skull-hti-top-wide

Dippy the Diplodocus 3D skull

Rotate, zoom in and explore the features of this popular dinosaur.