Ceratosaurus

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Ceratosaurus

[sə‚rad·ə′sȯr·əs]
(paleontology)
A carnivorous therapod dinosaur, 20 feet (6 meters) long, from the Late Jurassic Period that had strong hindlimbs, short and weak forelimbs (with four-fingered hands), and massive jaws lined with enormous teeth.

Ceratosaurus

 

a genus of extinct reptiles of the suborder Theropoda, superorder Dinosauria. The animals had a large, rough protuberance on the nasal bones that was apparently the base of a horn. The single known species, C. nasicornis, was a large biped predator that measured approximately 3 m in height. A skeleton of the creature was found in Upper Jurassic deposits in the USA, in the state of Colorado.

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