Parasaurolophus was a bipedal, herbivorous ornithischean dinosaur that dwelt in what would become the North American midwest during the late Cretaceous period. It is recognizable for the long, blunt crest protruding from the back of its skull. Although the exact purpose of this crest is a matter of some debate, aesthetic value, temperature regulation, and even vocalization have all been proposed as possible uses for the formation.
Parasaurolophus could walk on two or four legs, depending on the situation. It was 30 feet long, fully grown.
In art, Parasaurolophus is often discerned by its beak and distinctive crest, which varies in length as determined by the species depicted.
Quick facts about Parasaurolophus:
- Existed from 83.5 million years ago to 70.6 million years ago
- Lived in a terrestrial habitat
- Was a herbivore
- Reproduced by laying eggs
- Had a body mass of approximately 5056.8 kg
- 17 different specimens have been found by paleontologists
All the Parasaurolophus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore: