Monolophosaurus skull cast replica
Monolophosaurus was a medium-sized theropod dinosaur (about 16 feet long) that lived during the Middle Jurassic Period in what is now China.
Scientific Name: Monolophosaurus, meaning ‘single-crested lizard’
Characteristics: The most conspicuous characteristic of Monolophosaurus is the single crest on the top of the animal’s head. Although Monolophosaurus looks a bit like the more famous Tyrannosaurus rex, it is much smaller and more primitive. Although it is bipedal, its front limbs are still quite large, and the hands still have three strong fingers that would have been useful in grasping prey. In these characteristics, it is more similar to, and more closely related to more primitive theropods like Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus.
Pronounced (MON-oh-LOAF-oh-SAWR-us) Monolophosaurus (meaning "one crest lizard") was a medium-sized meat-eating dinosaur with a single crest on the top of the skull. It was a theropod from the late Jurassic period. This speedy, bipedal dinosaur had long, strong legs, short arms, a large head, and was roughly 16 ft (5 m) long. A partial fossil was found in NW China in 1984. The type species is M. jiangjunmiaosaurus. Monolophosaurus was named by paleontologists Zhao and Currie in 1993.