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Research intro dinosaurs

Pachycephalosaurus

Pachycephalosaurus was a pachycephalosaur (or thick-headed dinosaur) that lived in North America. It was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event about 65 million years ago. It's distinctive for the reinforced dome of its skull, leading to speculation that they used to fight each other by head butting. This has more recently been countered with the suggestion of flank-butting.

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Torosaurus

Torosaurus was a ceratopsid dinosaur that lived across the Western Interior of North America. It's name means 'Perforated Lizard' because of the large holes in its neck frill. It has been suggested that Torosaurus is actually a mature form of Triceratops, but this hasn't been proved as yet. Its beak and shearing teeth allowed it to eat tough vegetation, probably ferns.

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Struthiomimus

Struthiomimus was an ornithomimid (or bird-like) dinosaur that lived across North America. It's name means 'Ostrich Mimic' from the long developed hind legs and bipedal structure indicating a fast runner. It had large eyes, and no teeth, but with forelimbs and longer claws than other genus of its type. Large numbers of these dinosaurs lived across a vast range.

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Stegosaurus

With their distinctive dorsal plates Stegosaurus is one of the most universally recognised dinosaurs, and as such a popular attraction to Jurassic World parks. These herbivores have been noted for the small brain pan in relation to their body mass. Its name means 'Roofed Lizard'.

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Gallimimus

Gallimimus are an ostrich like dinosaur known for their speed - which has been compared to that of a cheetah. Their name means 'chicken mimic'. They were  one of the larger types of ornithomimosaurs, and most likely ate small creatures, eggs and maybe some plants.

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Giganotosaurus

Giganotosaurus was a large Therapod that was one of the largest ever terrestrial predators. It is believed to be at least as large, if not larger than Tyrannosaurus Rex. It's name means 'Great Southern Lizard'. They once roamed what is now Argentina, and likely hunted juvenile saurapods. They were homoeothermic, meaning that they could generate heat internally.

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Sauropelta

Sauropelta is a nodosaurid (a family from the anklyosaur dinosaurs) from North America. Its name means 'Lizard Shield' because of its thick back armour. It is one of the best understood nodosaurids thanks to prolific recovery of remains. Unlike others of its type, Sauropelta had a flat, rather than domed skull. The layout of its back plates limited its neck, shoulder, and upper tail movement.

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Suchomimus

Suchomimus was a spinosaurid dinosaur found in Africa. Its name means 'Crocodile Mimic' because of its crocodile like snout. This snout would have been better suited for hunting fish than the usual Therapod skulls like Tyrannosaurus. Only a single species is known for this genus, and unlike Spinosaurus it lacked the large sail on its back.

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Chasmosaurus

Chasmosaurus was an average sized ceratopsid dinosaur from North America. Like Triceratops it featured three facial horns and a wide frill. The frill would likely have been too fragile for defence, so may have been for attracting mates, or identification within their herd. Its name means 'Opening Lizard' because of the holes present in the frill bone structure to save weight. Like all ceratopsids they were herbivores.

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Archaeornithomimus

Archaeornithomimus is one of the largest known ornithomimosaurian theropod dinosaurs. It was discovered from dig sites in China. Its name means 'Ancient Bird Mimic'. They were likely to have been omnivorous, but also prey animals for larger carnivores.

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Gigantspinosaurus

Gigantspinosaurus was a medium sized stegosaur that once roamed prehistoric China. It's name means 'Enormous Spine Lizard'. Compared to other Stegosaurs, Gigantspinosaurus possessed smaller dorsal plates, but larger shoulder spines, with a relatively large head.

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Indominus Rex

The Indominus Rex (meaning Fierce or Untameable King) was InGen's first generically modified hybrid dinosaur. While it was intended to be a spectacular new attraction to increase guest numbers and corporate sponsorship, it also formed part of a secret programme to create weaponised dinosaurs. The events in the 2015 Isla Nublar incident proved to be disastrous for the park with many guest casualties, as well as dinosaur losses and escapes as a result.

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Parasaurolophus

Parasaurolophus' crested skull makes this a distinctive dinosaur within Jurassic World. It's name means 'Near Crested Lizard'. They are able to move on two, or four legs.

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Crichtonsaurus

Crichtonsaurus are a type of ankylosaurid dinosaur name after the author Michael Crichton. The lack of unique traits in its holotype suggest that it might not be a distinct genus.

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Deinonychus

Although Velociraptor had been discovered earlier, Deinonychus was the first raptor known from an almost complete skeleton. Its name means 'Terrible Claw' from the 8 inch retractable sickle claw on its foot. It once hunted across North America, and its discovery led to a dramatic change in how dinosaurs were perceived - that birds are descended from dinosaurs.

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Velociraptor

Velociraptors (often just referred to as 'raptors') are one of the most dangerous animals in Jurassic World. Their history with InGen has been a troubled one, in part because they have been engineered much larger than their base genome, but also because they have proved to be smart, and efficient hunters. More recently they have been part of the IBRIS project where Owen Grady (and supporting team) trained them to obey commands. Their name means 'Swift Siezer'.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex is probably the most familiar dinosaur in history. It's name means 'Tyrant Lizard' and to many represents the ultimate predator. This magnificent animal has long been at the heart of dinosaur attractions. This bipedal carnivore is known for its massive head with what is theorised as one of the strongest bites to have ever existed on land.

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Corythosaurus

Corythosaurus are hadrosaurs ('duck-billed dinosaurs') once living in North America. They are herbivores that lived in herds. They were one of the larger types of hadrosaurs. Their heads had crests, with nasal passages, and are similar in structure to that of the cassowary. This was most likely used for vocalisation. Their name means 'Corinthian-crested Lizard' in reference to this crest. The crests also show dimorphism between the genders, with males believed to have the larger crests for competing with mates.

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Huayangosaurus

Huayangosaurus was a small stegosaur from China. It's name means 'Huayang Lizard' from the region is was first discovered. It had the same small head, back plates, and spiked tail. Unlike Stegosaurus, it's back plates were more like spikes.

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Diplodocus

As one of the longest known dinosaurs, Diplodocus is also one of the most recognisable. It follows the typical saurapod form of long neck and tail, with four sturdy legs. Its name means 'Double Beam' in reference to its double-beamed chevron bones from the tail. It is believed that they swallowed stones into a gizzard to help break down their food for digestion. Although classically illustrated with a vertical pose, it is now accepted that they kept their necks low and straight in balance with their tails.

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Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus lived in North Africa, and was the largest known Therapod, and land carnivores to have ever existed. It's name means 'Spiny Lizard' because of the distinctive spines forming a sail on its back. It had an elongated snout, more like a Gharial's compared to other theropods. It is believed that they lived and hunted in water, as well as on land.

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Edmontosaurus

Edmontosaurus was a large hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) that lived in the western regions of North America. Its name is derived from the location where it was found - Edmonton, in southern Alberta, Canada. It was a known prey of Tyrannosaurs, and unlike other hadrosaurs lacked the head crests.

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Metriacanthosaurus

Metriacanthosaurus was a large Therapod that once hunted across Europe. Its name means 'Moderately Spined Lizard' in reference to the spines on its vertebrae. Comparatively little is known about this dinosaur compared to its contemporaries like Allosaurus.

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Brachiosaurus

Brachiosaurus is one of the most well known dinosaurs to the public by virtue of its massive size. This makes it a popular attraction for Jurassic World visitors. Its name is derived from the incredible height of its humerus. They are believed to have fed on the upper reaches of tall trees. They are known to be warm bloodied.

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Ankylosaurus

Ankylosaurus is a heavily armoured quadruped whose squat build and club like tail is well known by dinosaur enthusiasts. Its name means 'Fused Lizard'. It's heavily armoured back plates protected it from almost any attack from above, and its club tail offered an effective defence.

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Dracorex

Dracorex was a pachycephlosaur that once lived in North America. It's name means 'Dragon King' because of the crown like bony forms on its dragon like skull. The only species in the genus is 'Dracorex hogwartsia', named after the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. There is some discussion as to whether Dracorex and the very similar Stygimoloch are actually earlier growth stages for the Pachycephalosaurus.

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Chungkingosaurus

Chungkingosaurus is one of the smallest known stegosaurs. It was a herbivore that once roamed China. Its name means 'Chongqing Lizard'. Like Stegosaurus it possessed tail spikes to defend itself with. Its smaller size, smaller snout, and non-overlapping teeth differentiated it from Tuojiangosaurus which it closely resembled.

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Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus is a large saurapod with a long neck and corresponding tail for balance. It's name means 'Deceptive Lizard'.

Like others in its family the Apatosaurus' head is small in comparison with its body.

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Tsintaosaurus

Tsintaosaurus was a hadrosaur (or duck-billed dinosaur) found in China. Its name means 'Qindao Lizard'. Like other hadrosaurs it walked on all fours, but was also capable of locomotion on its rear legs alone. They probably lived in herds.

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Camarasaurus

Camarasaurus was a large saurapod that once roamed North America. It likely lived in herds and features a comparatively shorter neck and tail, but a larger head than most Sauropods. Its name means 'Chambered Lizard'. Its one of the most commonly found saurapod fossils. Its chisel shaped teeth were suitable for consuming coarse plant matter.

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Muttaburrasaurus

Muttaburrasaurus was a ornithopod (or bird-like) dinosaur that once lived in Australia. Its name means 'Muttaburra Lizard' after the location it was first discovered. It had shearing teeth, probably adapted for consuming tough plants like cycads.

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Pentaceratops

Pentaceratops was a ceratopsid dinosaur that lived in North America. It's name means 'Five Horned Face'. Like other ceratopsids it possessed a frill with horns. It used a tough beak with a tooth battery in its upper jaw to consume vegetation like ferns and cycads.

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Majungasaurus

Majungasaurus was a medium sized Therapod predator found in Madagascar. Its name means 'Majunga Lizard' which references an older spelling for the location it was discovered. It was an apex predator in its environment, and appears to be more closely linked with similar dinosaurs in India than South Africa. It's also one of the few dinosaurs known to have eaten others of its kind.

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Ceratosaurus

Ceratosaurus was a large theropod dinosaur. It possessed an unusual configuration of hornlets over its eyes, and a blade shaped horn on its snout. It's name means 'Horned Lizard'. An unusual feature of Ceratosaurus was the dermal armour in the middle of its back.

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Maiasaura

Maiasaura was a large Hadrosaur (or duck-billed). It's name means 'Good Mother Lizard' in reference to the first finds of nests and young. It was the first dinosaur in space when Loren Acton took fossils on a Spacelab mission in 1985. Their distinctive crest was likely used in head butting contests. They could walk on four, or two legs, and they most likely lived in vast herds.

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Polacanthus

Polacanthus was an ankylosaurid (or amoured) dinosaur found in the UK. Its name means 'Many Thorned Lizard' from the spikes upon its back. Although armoured like other genus in its family, it lacks the defensive tail spike seen on others.

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Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus was one of the larger theropod predators of the Jurassic era. Its name means 'Double-crested Lizard' in reference to the two crests upon its skull. As an early predator it lacked forward facing eyes, so would likely have used scent for hunting, rather than vision.

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Mamenchisaurus

Mamenchisaurus was a large saurapod noted for their extreme neck lengths. They lived in what is now China, and their name means 'Mamenchi Lizard' in reference to where their remains have been found. They possessed large spatula shaped teeth meaning they could chew plant matter, rather than gizzard stones.

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Triceratops

The large bony frill and three horns serves to make Triceratops one of the best known dinosaurs, and this makes the Triceratops a popular attraction. Its name means 'Three-Horned Face'. Triceratops was a herbivore. In 2010 a controversial theory was proposed that Triceratops was actually an immature form of Torosaurus, although this has yet to be proved.

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Nodosaurus

Nodosaurus was a type of anklysaurian (or amoured) dinosaur that lived in North America. Its name means 'Knobbed Lizard' from the bony knobs on the armoured plates of its back. It was one of the first of these type of dinosaurs to be found in North America. So far only a partial skeleton has been recovered for this genus.

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Kentrosaurus

Kentrosaurus was a small stegosaur that once roamed Africa. Its name means 'Pointed Lizard'. Like other stegosaurs Kentrosaurus had spikes on its tail for defence, but its dorsal plates were more spike like than its famous cousin.

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Styracosaurus

Styracosaurus was a large ceratopsian dinosaur with distinctive horns protruding from its neck frill. It lived in what is now North America, and it's name means 'Spike Lizard'. They are believed to have lived in herds, and travelled in large groups for protection and foraging for food. Its tough beak and shearing cheek teeth would have been ideal for slicing up plant matter.

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