Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus

Pronunciation:
die-LOAF-oh-sore-us
Name meaning:
'two-ridged lizard'
Dilophosaurus
large theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
large theropod
Length:
6.0m
Weight:
300kg
Diet:
carnivorous carnivorous food icon
Teeth:
lots of sharp and curved teeth
Food:
other animals
How it moved:
on 2 legs
When it lived:
Early Jurassic, 190 million years ago
Found in:
USA

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, Neotheropoda, Dilophosauridae
Type species:
wetherilli

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