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I Know Dino Podcast: Dilophosaurus


    Episode 18 is all about Dilophosaurus, (as requested by Fb fan Luke) a dinosaur well-known for being inaccurately depicted in Jurassic Park.

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    On this episode, we talk about:

      • The dinosaur of the day: Dilophosaurus, which implies “double crested”
      • Dilophosaurus had paired crests on high of its head, although what’s was used for is unknown (might have been to draw females or assist packs acknowledge one another, if Dilophosaurus traveled in packs)
      • Dilophosaurus lived within the early Jurassic (200 to 190 million years in the past)
      • The crests have been in all probability too delicate for something however show
      • Dilophosaurus is legendary for being the spitting, venomous dinosaur in Jurassic Park, however that is inaccurate
      • Dilophosaurus was not toxic, and there’s no proof of any dinosaur having venom
      • Dilophosaurus additionally didn’t have a “fluttering neck crest” and no proof of any dinosaurs having that frill
      • In Jurassic Park, Dilophosaurus was a small dog-sized dinosaur, however in actuality it was about 20 toes lengthy and weighed 1,000 kilos
      • Dilophosaurus was just like most theropod, meat eaters within the Jurassic in North America (apart from the pinnacle crest), so it’s not clear why Dilophosaurus was portrayed the best way it was in Jurassic Park
      • Jurassic Park clarification: inclusion of the frog DNA or a splicing error gave it the irregular traits
      • Dilophosaurus was initially grouped as a Megalosaur (the “wastebasket taxon”) for theropods, when it was found in 1942 in Arizona, however the crest gave it its personal genus
      • Dilophosaurus was a primitive predator, so it didn’t have ahead dealing with eyes (stereo imaginative and prescient)
      • It in all probability used scent to hunt, had a dewclaw, hole bones, and s-shaped curved neck, and had a protracted tail it might use as a whip in a battle
      • Dilophosaurus might in all probability run at 30 mph, and it could have hunted in packs
      • Dilophosaurus had needle-like puncturing enamel, might have eaten fish; had a crocodile-like look, with a notch behind the primary row of enamel
      • Dilophosaurus skeletons are actually housed on the College of California’s Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley, CA
      • Dilophosaurus is a part of the household Dilophosauridae, which have been early carnivorous dinosaurs that lived in lots of areas
      • They have been 13-23 toes lengthy and weighed 660 to 1100 kilos, and recognized for his or her head crests (used for attracting a mate or to scare off rivals)
      • Dilophosauridae even have a notch between a row of enamel, which makes them appear like crocodiles; nevertheless, they in all probability had a weak chunk and have been scavengers
      • Although Dilophosauridae is a part of the superfamily Coelophysoidea, dilophosaurids could also be nearer to the Tenaurae group (which has superior megalosaurs, carnosaurs and coelurosaurs)
      • Enjoyable reality: The quickest dinosaurs have been ornithomids (ostrich like dinosaurs akin to Dromiceiomimus), they usually might run as much as 37 mph