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Megalosaurus

Megalosaurus (meaning “Giant Lizard”) is a genus of Megalosaurid from the Middle Jurassic of England. It was described in 1827 by Gideon Mantell as M. bucklandii, making Megalosaurus the first officially described  dinosaur. The type species is named in honor of William Buckland. In 1842, Sir Richard Owen used Iguanodon, Hylaeosaurus, and this Megalosaurus to […]

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Yingshanosaurus

Yingshanosaurus (meaning “Yingshan lizard”) is a genus of stegosaurid from the Late Jurassic of China. It was discovered in 1983 and then was briefly described in 1985 in a lecture that was later published in 1986 by Zhou Shiwu. Since it was not properly described, it was considered a nomen nudum until 1994, when it […]

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Brontosaurus

Brontosaurus(meaning “Thunder Lizard”) is a genus of  Diplodocidae dinosaur that lived in what is now the western area of the United States during the Late Jurassic period. The type species, B. excelsus, was described by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1879. In 1902, Peterson and Gilmore named a new genus of dinosaur Elosaurus, with the species […]

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Cryolophosaurus

Cryolophosaurus (meaning “Frozen Crested Lizard”) is a genus of neotheropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of Antarctica. It was the first theropod dinosaur found in Antarctica, being found in 1991 by Dr. William Hammer and David Elliot. It was also the first dinosaur described from Antarctica. He and many others on his team informally called […]

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Metriacanthosaurus

Metriacanthosaurus (meaning “Moderately-Spined Lizard”) is a genus of metriacanthosaurid from the Middle Jurassic of the Oxford clays of England. In 1923, Friedrich von Huene named this dinosaur Megalosaurus parkeri, in honor of W. Parker, who collected the fossils.  In 1932, von Huene renamed the specimens Altispinax parkeri. In 1964, Alick Walker decided that the fossils […]

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Tuojiangosaurus

Tuojiangosaurus (meaning “Tuo River Lizard”) is a genus of stegosaurid from the Late Jurassic of China. It would have probably been hunted by dinosaurs such as Yangchuanosaurus and Monolophosaurus. It was about 7 metres (23 feet) long, and about 2 metres (6.6 feet) tall. It’s type species, T. multispinus was named in 1977, one hundred […]

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Pegomastax

Pegomastax ( meaning ” Strong Jaw) was a heterodontosaurid found in the Lower Jurassic rocks in South Africa in the year of 1966-1967. It had fangs, which were probably used for defence. Even though it was found in the 1960’s, it was recognized as unusual by Paul Sereno in the 1980’s. He just recently described […]

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Extreme Dinosaurs

CARCHARODONTOSAURUS AMARGASAURUS CARNOTAURUS PARASAUROLOPHUS MASIAKASAURUS SPINOSAURUS   TUOJIANGOSAURUS   DEINOCHEIRUS NIGERSAURUS DRACOREX   EPIDENDROSAURUS   STYRACOSAURUS   ACHELOUSAURUS CRYOLOPHOSAURUS SUCHOMIMUS ZUNICERATOPS EINIOSAURUS DIABLOCERATOPS ISISAURUS TYRANNOSAURUS TRICERATOPS PENTACERATOPS OLOROTITAN OURANOSAURUS DILOPHOSAURUS YUTYRANNUS MICRORAPTOR     EPIDEXIPTERYX   

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Epidexipteryx

Epidexipteryx (meaning “Display Feathers”) is a genus of small insectivore dinosaur which lived in China during the late Jurassic period. At 45 centimetres, it was a relativaly small dinosaur. It is known for it’s for the four long feathers on it’s tail, hence it’s name.        Not to be confused with Epidendrosauurus (synonym […]

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