Theropod - ROM2008_9677_6

ROM2008_9677_6

Theropod

Geography: USA, Utah: Dinosaur National Monument, Vernal
Dimensions:
length=640; width=130; height=197 cm
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • SuperorderDinosauria
    • OrderSaurischia
    • FamilyAllosauridae
    • GenusAllosaurus
    • SpecificEpithetfragilis
Object number: 12868
On view
DescriptionAllosaurus was a theropod – one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs of the Jurassic. It had a strong flexible neck, powerful legs and heavy bones. Its front limbs were equipped with long claws for grasping prey. The skull had large jaws with long, curved, serrated teeth for slashing. The skull was designed to deform slightly to absorb stress while biting. Allosaurus probably hunted large animals, such as sauropods. Although a predator of this size would have been capable of taking down Stegosaurus or Camptosaurus, it is unlikely that it could have handled a large sauropod, which suggests that Allosaurus may have hunted in packs.
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