As one of the earliest dinosaurs ever discovered in 1884, Ceratosaurus has become a household name. It stood out with many unique traits including having 5 digit hands, armored skin, a prominent nasal horn that forms a crest, and protruding eye horns. It was a muscular and robust predator capable of running down and overpowering very quick prey such as Dryosaurus and Camptosaurus. It weighed in at an average of 7 meters long, 2 meters tall, and an impressive 670 kg (1,500 pounds); this was no joke of a hunter. However, it was outclassed by the range dominant Allosaurus, and was likely driven to extirpations (local extinctions) by the superior predator. It is understood to have had many semi-aquatic adaptations, and would’ve likely avoided confrontations with the larger Allosaurus by hunting in swamps and bogs for aquatic prey and others seeking watering holes.
- Ceratosaurus is actually known in fossil evidence from North America (Morrison formation), Europe (Lourinhã formation), and Africa (Tendaguru formation). It’s one of just a few international dinosaurs!
- While its horns may look dangerous, they were actually too fragile for combat. They likely sported bright colors to signal to others of its kind.
- Though Allosaurus is held responsible for the decimation of Ceratosaurus’s numbers, it’s fossils being very rare in progressive rock strata and periodically displaying wounds signature of Allosaur teeth, it is actually known to have survived into the Cretaceous! A remarkably similar fossil snout with teeth was found in Argentina, South America and named Genyodectes.
- It’s name means “Horn Lizard.”
Would you like to see Ceratosaurus in Jurassic World: Alive?
How do you think it would be in game?
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