Parasaurolophus

PARASAUROLOPHUS


(PAIR-uh-so-ROL-uh-PHUS)


MEANS:
Close to Crested Lizard (i.e., a close relative of Saurolophus)

PERIOD:
Late Cretaceous - 72 Mya

WHERE:
North America: New Mexico, Utah, Alberta

SIZE:
Length: 12 meters (40 feet)
Height at hips: 3 meters (10 feet)
Weight: 1.8 tonnes (3,900 lb)






Danger! Run! The calls emitted from the crests of Parasaurolophus warned the others in the herd of the approach of predators. Running was the only natural defence for a Parasaurolophus. The dinosaur could move quickly on its two strong hindlimbs and when grazing it could crouch down on all four legs, its duck-like beak with the hundreds of tiny teeth grinding the fibrous conifers and ferns into a digestible pulp.