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Acrocanthosaurus
   means   
High Spined Lizard
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 18ft, length 40ft. Framentary remains have been found in Texas and Oklahoma.
Aegyptosaurus
   means   
Egyptian Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 21ft, length 52.5ft, fragmentary remains found in Egypt
Aeolosaurus
   means   
Wind Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 49.1ft, was common in the southern hemisphere, it had unusual tail vertebrae with long, forward pointing barbs
Afrovenator
   means   
African Hunter
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 10ft, length 29.5ft. Discovered in Niger in the southern Sahara Desert in Africa. It possessed 14 blade-shaped teeth.
Agilisarus
   means   
Nimble Lizard
Herbivore, Bipedal, length 3.5 - 4ft.
Alioramus
   means   
Other Branch
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 11ft, length 20ft, fossils of these were found in Mongolia
Allosaurus
   means   
Other Lizard
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 17ft, length 40ft, found in Utah, it is thought to have been a speedy hunter
Altirhinus
   means   
High Snout
Herbivore 7-8 m long. Altirhinus had a tall beak on its rounded snout and a spiked thumb on each hand.
Altispinax
   means   
High Spines
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 11ft, length 26.2ft, remains have been found in England and Germany
Amygdalodon
   means   
Almond Tooth
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, length 40-50ft, is known as the only known Jurassic dinosaurs from South America
Anatoitan
   means   
Giant Duck
Herbivore, mostly Bipedal, semi-Quadrupedal, stood 13.1 - 16.4ft, length 29.5 - 39.4ft, Its most distinguishing feature was its unusually long and wide duckbill, toothless over half its length, making its head more duck-like than most hadrosaurus
Ankylosaurus
   means   
Fused Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 11ft, length 35ft, its tough skin was covered with bony plates, and it could swing its formidably clubbed tail to rendera predator lame.
Antarctosaurus
   means   
Southern Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 20ft, length 59ft, it is the largest dinosaur known to have lived in the Southern Hemisphere
Apatosaurus
   means   
Deceptive Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 30ft, length 75ft, , its 20ft long neck supported a rather small head and its brain was about the size of a large apple
Archaeopteryx
   means   
Ancient Wing
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 1ft, length 3ft, identified by many to be the first bird
Archaeornithoides
   means   
Shaped Like an Ancient Bird
Carnivore, Bipedal, length 3.3ft, is among the smallest of dinosaurs, many of its bones resemble those of modern birds
Archaeornithomimus
   means   
Ancient Bird Mimic
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 6ft, length 11ft, found in China, it hand three long fingers on each hand
Argyrosaurus
   means   
Silver Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 25ft, length 68.9ft, they lived in South America
Arrhinoceratops
   means   
Without Nose Horned-Face
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 7ft, length 16ft, Found in Alberta, Canada, it had a neck shield that was armed with spikes, very short nose horn with two long, slightly forward-curving brow horns
Astrodon
   means   
Star Tooth
Avaceratops
   means   
Ava's Horned Face
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, length 6.6ft, were very small
Avimimus
   means   
Bird Mimic
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 3.5ft, length 5ft, fossils have been found in Mongolia and China, a small birdlike dinosaur, but was probably a swift runner, preying upon lizards and insects
Bactrosaurus
   means   
Bactrian Lizard
Stood 8ft, length 20ft, one of the earliest known duck-billed hadrosaurs, it lived in what is now Mongolia
Baharisaurus
   means   
Baharije Lizard
Carnivore, Bipedal, fragmentary remains were found in Egypt
Barosaurus
   means   
Heavy Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 40ft, length 79ft, the neck of the Barosaurus was 30ft long. Gastroliths were discovered among its bones, indicating that some of dinosaurs swalloed stones to grind food they consumed
Baryonyx
   means   
Heavy Claw
Bellusaurus
   means   
Beautiful Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, length 16.4ft
Bothriospondylus
   means   
Excavated Vertebrae
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 35ft, length 66ft, fragmentary remains of it were discovered in Western Europe and Madagascar
Brachiosaurus
   means   
Arm Lizard
Its arms are longer than its legs.
Brachyceratops
   means   
Short-horned Head
Brachypodosaurus
   means   
Short-footed Lizard
Brontosaurus
   means   
Thunder Lizard
Calamospondylus
   means   
Reed Vertebra
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 3ft, length 6.6ft, a small meat-eater of uncertain identity, found on the Isle of Wight
Callovosaurus
   means   
Callovian Lizard
Herbivore, Bipedal, stood 4ft, length 9ft, is known from incomplete material discovered in England
Carnotaurus
   means   
Meat-eating Bull
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 13ft, length 24.6ft, a strange-looking dinosaur with a short snout, two bull-like horns, a weak jaw and small eyes.
Ceratosaurus
   means   
Horned Lizard
Common meat-eating dinosaur with a short horn on its snout. Late Jurassic period. Also had a very flexible tail enabled it to swim.
Corythosaurus
   means   
Helmet Lizard
Dacentrus
   means   
Sharp-point Tail
Deinodon
   means   
Terrible Tooth
Deinonychus
   means   
Terrible Claw
Dilophosaurus
   means   
Two-crested Lizard
Dimorphodon
   means   
Two Types of Teeth
Long teeth in the front, small spiky teeth on the sides
Diplodocus
   means   
Double-beamed
Dracopelta
   means   
Small Shield Dragon
Herbivore, Quadrupedal,stood 2.5ft, length 7ft, it was equipped with five different types of armour.
Elaphrosaurus
   means   
Lightweight Lizard
Eoraptor
   means   
Dawn Thief
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 20 inches, length 36 inches, is the most primitive dinosaur known -- 228 million years old.
Gallimimus
   means   
Chicken Mimic
Also 'Fowl mimic' and 'Rooster mimic'. It looked like an ostrich but it was a very fast bird/dinosaur
Giganotosaurus
   means   
Giant Southern Lizard
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 5m, length 12.5m. Taller and longer, but slimmer than Tyrannosaurus rex, it lived millions of years earlier and in South America not North America. It had 3 fingers on its hands, not 2 like T.rex. Probably the largest carnivorous dinosaur known so far.
Gravitholus
   means   
Heavy Dome
Herbivore, Bipedal, stood 6ft, length 9ft, was discovered in Alberta, Canada
Homalocephale
   means   
Flat Head
Hypsilophodon
   means   
High-ridged Tooth
Ichthyosaurus
   means   
Fish Lizard
Dolphin-like reptile from the late Jurassic period, early Cretaceous period. Not a dinosaur.
Iguanodon
   means   
Iguana Tooth
Indosaurus
   means   
Indian Lizard
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 6m, length 11m teeth
Kakuru
   means   
Rainbow Serpent
Kritosaurus
   means   
Noble Lizard
Herbivore, Bipedal, stood 23ft, length 30ft, had a wide, flat skull and a ridge of bone just below its eyes
Maiasaurus
   means   
Good Mother Lizard
Herbivore, Bipedal, semi-Quadrupedal, stood 15ft, length 30ft
Megalosaurus
   means   
Great Lizard
Large meat-eating theropod dinosaurs of the Middle Jurassic period. Bipedal.
Megaraptor
   means   
Huge Thief
Megaraptor was a large, terrifying late Cretaceous predator with two enormous, sickle-like toe claws. It was a huge, lightly built, fast-moving, agile, bipedal (walked on two legs), bird-like dinosaur. It had a curved, flexible neck, and a big head with sharp, serrated teeth in very powerful jaws.
Microceratops
   means   
Small-horned Head
Microdontosaurus
   means   
Tiny-tooth Lizard
Microraptor
   means   
Small Thief
.3m high .8m long
Microvenator
   means   
Tiny Hunter
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 2.5ft, length 4ft
Mononykus
   means   
One Claw
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 3.5ft, length 5ft, it had a large but short forelimb with a single claw
Nanotyrannus
   means   
Dwarf Tyrant
Carnivore, Bipedal, they are known from a single, small 22-inch well preserved skull
Ornitholestes
   means   
Bird Robber
Carnivore, Bipedal, stood 3ft, length 6ft, found in Wyoming and Utah, they were swift, small-headed, long-tailed dinosaur that ate lizards and other small game that it caught with its long fingered hands
Oviraptor
   means   
Egg Thief
Pachycephalosaurus
   means   
Thick-headed Lizard
Pachyrhinosaurus
   means   
Thick-nosed Lizard
Panoplosaurus
   means   
Armoured Lizard
Parasaurolophus
   means   
Near Crested Lizard
A herbivore that walked both as a biped and a quadruped
Pentaceratops
   means   
Five-horned Head
Pinacosaurus
   means   
Broad Lizard
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 4ft, length 11.5ft, found in Mongolia and China, it had sharp pikes along its back and sides, and its tail ended in a flat bone with sharp edges resembling a double-edged stone ax.
Pleurocoelus
   means   
Hollow Side
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 20ft, length 29ft, they were a four-legged browser with front limbs longer than its hind limbs.
Psittacosaurus
   means   
Parrot Lizard
Herbivore. Stood 1m, length 2m.
Pteranodon
   means   
Winged Without Teeth
Flying reptile. Not actually a dinosaur but lived at the same time.
Pterodactyl
   means   
Winged Finger
Rhabdodon
   means   
Rod Tooth
Herbivore, Bipedal, stood 7ft, length 13.1ft, known from incomplete remains
Scelidosaurus
   means   
Limb Lizard
Spinosaurus
   means   
Spiny Lizard
Stegosaurus
   means   
Roof Lizard
Supersaurus
   means   
Super Lizard
Diplodocid sauropod dinosaur discovered in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Colorado in 1972. It is among the largest dinosaurs known from good remains, possibly reaching 33 to 34 meters (108 to 112 ft) in length, and a weight of 35 to 40 tons.
Tarchia
   means   
Brainy
Herbivore, Quadrupedal, stood 8ft, length 20ft, these dinosaurs were distinguished by the large spikes on their sides and their clubbed tails.
Triceratops
   means   
Three-horned Head
Troƶdon
   means   
Wounding Tooth
Tyrannosaurus Rex
   means   
Tyrant Lizard King
Velocipes
   means   
Swift Foot
Velociraptor
   means   
Speedy Thief


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