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Temporal range: Lower Jurassic
Reconstruction of a Cryolophosaurus skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Dilophosauridae
Genus: Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus (meaning 'double-crested lizard') was a medium-large dinosaur from 190 million years ago. It has a small relative named Coelophysis. Dilophosaurus was shown in the movie When Dinosaurs Roamed America scaring off a pack of Megapnosaurus and eating an Anchisaurus.

Specific details of its life-style are few. Some of its fossils were found in terrain which was a low-lying slow-moving river system at the time.[1] The animal was obviously a carnivore.

References[change | change source]

  1. Harshbarger J.W; Repenning C.A. & Irwin J.H. 1957. Stratigraphy of the uppermost Triassic and the Jurassic rocks of the Navajo country. Professional Paper 291. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Geological Survey.