Yangchuanosaurus

Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis

  • Pronounced:  yang-Schwan-o-Saw-rus

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Yangchuan Lizard"

  • Length:  35 feet (11 m)

  • Height:  14 feet (4.5 m)

  • Weight:  3.5 tons (3,150 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Jurassic-150 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

This was a very large, ferocious meat-eater from China. Yangchaunosaurus lived at the end of the Jurassic Period and would have been around to hunt some of the large sauropods that lived in Asia at the same time.

There has been some discussion about whether Yangchuanosaurus belongs in the megalosaur family or that of the allosaurs, with which it was more closely associated. Opinion tends to lean towards the allosaur line. To date, there are two, and possibly three, other species assigned to this genus. It may have had a cranial crest.



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