Monolophosaurus

Monolophosaurus jiangi

  • Pronounced:  mono-Loaf-o-Saw-rus

  • Diet:  Carnivore (meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Single Crested Lizard"

  • Length:  17 ft. (5 meters)

  • Height:  6 ft. (2 meters)

  • Weight:  1,500 pounds (700 kilos)

  • Time:  Middle Jurassic - 170 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Monolophosaurus was a medium-sized meat-eater from China that lived during the Jurassic Period. It had lots of sharp teeth and a big, skinny head. It also had one feature not found on any other meat-eating dinosaur - a long, bony ridge that went from its nose back to the top of its head. The area where Monolophosaurus was discovered showed signs that it was sometimes covered with water, so it is possible that this dinosaur lived on the shore of a lake or sea.

There is still uncertainty concerning the family association of Monolophosaurus. Although it is currently assigned to the megalosaur family, it has been suggested that it may be more closely related to the allosaurs.



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