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Parasaurolophus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Parasaurolophus means "like crested lizard"
Pronounced - PAR-a-saw-ROL-o-fus
Named By - William A. Parks
When Named - 1922
DIET: Herbivore (plant-eater)
SIZE: Length - 40 ft (12 m) long
Height - 9 ft (2.8 m) tall at the hips
Weight - about 2 tons
WHEN IT LIVED: Late Cretaceous period, about 76-65 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in western North America, in Alberta, Canada, and in New Mexico and Utah in the USA.
FOSSILS: Many skeletons and skulls have been found.
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Ornithischia - bird-hipped dinosaurs
  • Suborder Ornithopoda
  • Infraorder Iguanodontia - having spiked thumbs
  • Superfamily Hadrosauroidea - duck-billed dinosaurs
  • Family Lambeosaurinae - crested duckbills
  • Genus Parasaurolophus
  • Species P. walkeri (type species named by Parks, 1922)
Parasaurolophus had an elongated, bony crest on its head with which it may have made low-frequency, fog-horn-like sounds. The crest was up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long

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