'two-ridged lizard'

300kg, 6.0m-long small theropod

Diet: carnivorous

Country: USA

Period: Early Jurassic, 190 million years ago

Teeth: lots of sharp and curved teeth

How it moved: on 2 legs

Food: other animals

Dilophosaurus was a fast-moving meat-eating dinosaur. A kink in its upper jaw may mean that it ate a certain kind of food, or attacked by gripping and holding on to prey – modern crocodiles have a similar kink.

The pair of thin bony crests on its head may have been for display.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Ceratosauria, Coelophysoidea

Type species: wetherilli


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