Dinosaurs: Ceratosaurus


Ceratosaurus (Horned Lizard)

Ceratosaurus was a medium sized meat-eater of the late Jurassic. Ceratosaurus belonged to a group of dinosaurs called Ceratosaurs. Not all Ceratosaurs had horns but all shared similar skeletal characteristics. Other ceratosaurs included Dilophosaurus and Coelophysis.

Ceratosaurus most distinctive feature was a large horn on the end of its nose. and two smaller horns, one over each of its eyes. Ceratosaurus walked on two powerful hind legs. Its arms were short and had primitive four-fingered hands with sharp claws.

Ceratosaurus may have hunted in packs, choosing to target young or sick plant eating dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus and possibly Diplodocus.




ceratosaurus size


Pronounced: SER-a-toe-SAW-rus

Name Means: "Horned Lizard"
Length: 20 feet (6 m)
Height: 8 feet (2.5 m)
Weight: 1 ton (1,000 kg)
Diet: Carnivore (Meat)
Time: Late Jurassic - 150 million years ago
Habitat: Open Countryside
Fossils Found: Africa, Northern North America



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