Cryolophosaurus

Cryolophosaurus elliotti

  • Pronounced:  Cry - o - Lof - o - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Carnivore(Meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Frozen Crested Lizard"

  • Length:  20 ft. (6 m)

  • Height:  7 ft. (2 m)

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Early Jurassic - 190 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Antarctica

Cryolophosaurus is the first meat-eating dinosaur to be discovered on the frozen continent of Antarctica. It was an odd looking dinosaur, fairly large for such an early hunter. It had a very unusual crest, sort of a single horn without a point. It is an important discovery not only because of where it was found, but also because it shows features found on both early, less advance meat-eaters and later more advanced meat-eaters such as Allosaurus  When this dinosaur was roaming around on Antarctica, that island continent was a part of Pangaea and attached to Africa, South America and Australia in a much warmer part of the world.

It is possible that Cryolophosaurus will be assigned to the ceratosaur family once further study is concluded. Little is known of this dinosaur due in part to the inhospitable environment where its remains were discovered. It is likely an important piece of the puzzle for theropod evolution, bridging both primitive and more advanced features.



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