Length: up to 11 m
Period: Upper Cretaceous
Time Span: 76 - 74 Million Years Ago
Parasaurolophus lived in the late Cretaceous Period, around 75 million years ago, in what is now North America. Fossils have been found in Alberta, Canada as well as Utah and New Mexico, USA. p>
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Parasaurolophus. A herbivore from the Late Cretaceous Era (76-73 Million years ago). There were many fossils found in Alberta , Canada, New Mexico, and Utah, USA. The first fossil records were in 1902, but there was a lot of confusion on if the fossils were from another dinosaur that had been previously found. Once it was 1922 a man by the name of William Parks found a skull and that same early partial bone structure, in Alberta . After putting the pieces together it was proven true that the old fossil record was indeed a Parasaurolophus.
The Parasaurolophus is from the hadrosaurid family which is a very unique family of dinosaurs. Typically the dinosaurs from this group had strange shaped heads. The Parasaurolophus proves no different because it had a cranial crest which looked like a long curved tube projecting upwards and back from the skull. This could've been used for recognition of each other, loud unique sounds, and thermoregulation (control body temperature)
- You pronounce their name 'para-saw-rol-ofus'.
- The meaning of its name is 'beside crested lizard'.
- They were herbivores.
- They had large head crests they used for trumpeting.
- Their length was up to 10 metres (33 feet)
- They weighed 3.5 tons (about as much as a transit van).
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