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Temporal range: Lower Jurassic
Dilophosaurus skull.jpg
Reconstruction of a Dilophosaurus skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Dilophosauridae
Genus: Dilophosaurus
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Dilophosaurus (meaning 'double-crested lizard') was a medium-large dinosaur from 190 million years ago.

Dilophosaurus has been examined several times over the years and has been put into no less than nine different theropod groups. It may be related to the smaller Coelophysis. 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.

Dilophosaurus was shown in the movie When Dinosaurs Roamed America scaring off a pack of Megapnosaurus and eating an Anchisaurus.

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.