Meaning – Dilophosaurus means “double-crested lizard”
Pronounced – die-LOF-oh-SAWR-us
Named By – Samuel P. Welles
When Named – 1970
Carnivore (meat-eater) – it ate smaller plant-eating dinosaurs.
Length – 20 feet (6 m) long
Height – 5 feet (1.5 m) tall at the hips
Weight – 650 to 1,000 pounds (300 kg to 450 kg)
Early Jurassic period, about 201 to 189 million years ago
The first fossil Dilophosaurus skeleton was found in Arizona, USA, in the 1940’s. Three Dilophosaurus fossils have been found in the USA, all found together in Arizona. They are now at the University of California’s Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, USA. Fossils similar to those of Dilophosaurus have been found in many places around the world.