Megalosaur

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Artist's impression of a megalosaur
Artist’s impression of a megalosaur

Mega-powerful predator!

  • The megalosaur was a huge meat-eating dinosaur that lived about 180 million years ago.
  • It walked on two powerful legs, with three-toed feet – as you can see on this footprint.
  • Many trackways have been found, created when dinosaurs made prints in muddy ground by lakes and swamps.
  • The megalosaur is thought to have been one of the most intelligent dinosaurs.
  • It was a fierce meat-eater, equipped with large, sharp, serrated teeth.
  • If that wasn’t bad enough, it had three razor-like claws on each hand for gripping and ripping at prey. It was a perfect killing machine, even attacking the huge plant-eating sauropods.
  • Amazingly, the megalosaur was the first dinosaur ever discovered – in England in 1676. But it wasn’t until 150 years later that it was given its name which means ‘great lizard’.
  • See the awesome megalosaur footprints at Dorset County Museum.

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