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Dinosaur Facts

Parasaurolophus

The large cranial crest on Parasaurolophus was hollow, with tubes running from each nostril into the crest. The crest functioned in species recognition, and was used for communication between members of a herd.

Brachiosaurus

Brachiosaurus is a sauropod, or “long-necked” dinosaur from the Jurassic Period. It is unusual because it had longer forelimbs than hindlimbs, giving it a more inclined posture. It is estimated to me over 26 metres long.

Triceratops

Triceratops is the best known ceratopsian, or horned dinosaur, and has been found in Alberta. It lived at the same time as Tyrannosaurus rex, and fossils with puncture wounds show that it was likely prey to the large predator.

Apatosaurus

Fossils of Apatosaurus have been found with gastroliths, or stomach stones, which the dinosaur would have swallowed to help break down tough plant material because it had very weak spoon-shaped teeth, poor for chewing.

Euoplocephalus

Euoplocephalus is an anklyosaurid dinosaur from Alberta, found in the Dinosaur Park Formation. There is evidence to suggest the massive tail club could be used in defence, and would have been strong enough to break the bones of predators.

Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx is a feathered dinosaur from the Jurassic Period of Germany, and is considered the transition fossil between birds and dinosaurs. It had the feathers and wings of a bird, but the teeth, tail, and claws of a dinosaur.

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