Dilophosaurus

DILOPHOSAURUS


(die-LOF-uh-SOAR-us)


MEANS:
Two crested lizard

PERIOD:
Early Jurassic – 200 - 190 Mya

WHERE:
Western USA and possibly China

SIZE:
Length: 6 meters (20 feet)
Height: 1.5 meters (5 feet)
Weight: 300 - 450 kg (650 – 1,000 lb)






Dilophosaurus was the largest meat-eater of the early Jurassic Period and, with an opposable thumb, able to grasp prey and hold it tight while its powerful claws were able to tear meat from both living flesh and dead carcasses. The double crests on top of the snout of Dilophosaurus were not attached to the skull and may have been strictly for display purposes, much like a peacock. If this is so, the female of the species would most likely not have a crest.