The Dinosaur-stars of Dinosaurs Island

The stars of Dinosaurs Island, as the very name of this must-visit destination suggests, are the dinosaurs. While we have a separate post on the Dinosaurs Island (located at Clark, Pampanga), these dinosaur-stars deserve no less than their very own post. An introduction of sorts (the descriptions quoted here are only portions of what you can read onsite). Here are some of the dinosaurs you’ll encounter at the Dinosaurs Island:

Apatosaurus (literally means Deceptive Lizard)

“Lumbering through the flatlands, Apatosaurus consumed vast amounts of vegetation (200 kilograms or 440 lbs!) daily to satisfy the needs of its immense body.”

At this juncture, we suggest that you first check the related post on Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga, to have a backgrounder on these dinosaurs. Specifically, how they move and roar at the location. You could read all about these dinosaurs here, or you may already know so much about them, but it’s really amazing to see their chests heave as they roar, with mouths opening to bare those immense, sharp teeth. Anyway, let’s get back on our introduction of the dinosaurs (some of them, because, we heard, new ones are being installed).

Triceratops (Three-horned Face)

“Despite appearances, Triceratops was no gentle, plant-eating giant. Many fossil records show damage to Triceratops bones that could have occurred in combat with rivals or predators.”

The next photo contains two dinosaurs, one group of “little” but terrible dinosaurs attacking a lone Iguanodon.

Iguanodon (Iguana Tooth)

“Iguanodon averaged about 30 feet long, 16 feet tall, 9ft tall at the hips, and may have weighed 4 to 5 tons, was probably a herding animal, as evidenced by bonebed discoveries in Belgium.”

Velociraptor (Swift Thief)

“Velociraptor was a fast-running, two-legged (bipedal) dinosaur. This meat-eater had about 80 very sharp teeth. This predator had an s-shaped neck, arms with three-fingered clawed hands, long thin legs, and hour-toed clawed feet.”

Dimetredon (Two-measures Tooth)

“Dimetrodon was a sail-backed, meat-eating animal that lived during the Permian Period, roughly 280 million years ago, long before the dinosaurs evolved It was a so-called reptile, an ancestor of the mammals.”

Tyrannosaurus (Tyrant Lizard King)

“As the last great carnivore of the Cretaceous Period, Tyrannosaurus rex was an efficient killer stalking the North American landscape. With a specially strengthened nose structure, it could deliver bone-splintering, crushing bites to both prey and combatants, including others of its own species.”

[See also The Philippine Tyrannosaurus Rex at The Mind Museum]

Stegosaurus (Roof Lizard)

“Whether battling its own kind or predators, Stegosaurus could swing its two pairs of tail spikes (each up to 4 feet long) as awesome defensive weapns. The 17 bony dorsal plates arranged alternatively along its spine may have served as armor, a mating displate, heat regulation, or all three.”

Maiasaura (Good Mother Lizard)

“Maiasaura was a large, plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur. An adult would need to eat about 200 pounds of leaves, berries and seeds per day. Maiasaura was the first dinosaur that was found alongside its young, eggs and nests. This suggests that Maiasaura nurtured its young.”

Baryonyx (Heavy Claw)

“Baryonyx was an unusual theropod with huge 1-foot (30.5 cm.) long claws on its hands, and long, narrow, crocodile-like jaws with 96 small, serrated teeth, it had a small crest on its snout. Baryonyx was a therapod, whose intelligence was high among the dinosaurs.”

Parasaurolophus (Crested Lizard)

“Parasaurolophus was a long-crested, duck-billed dinosaur. Parasaurolophus grew to be about 40 ft (12m) long and 8 feet 92.8m) tall at the hips. It weighed about 2 tons. Parasaurolophus was an herbivore, eating pine needles, leaves and twigs.”

Brachiosaurus (Arm Lizard)

“Brachiosaurus was one of the tallest and largest dinosaurs yet found. It had a long next, small head, and relatively short, thick tail. Brachiosaurus was about 85 feet (26m) long, and weighed about 33-88 tons. Brachiosaurus walked on four legs and, line the other Brachiosaurids and unlike most dinosaurs, its front elgs were longer than its hind legs.”

Dilophosaurus (Two-Crested Lizard)

“To date, Dilophosaurus has been the largest meat-eater of the early Jurassic Period found. With an opposable digit, it was able to grasp prey tightly while its powerful claws were able to tear flesh from both living prey and dead carcasses.”

Spinosaurus (Spiny Lizard)

“Spinosaurus was a huge meat-eating dinosaur that had a series of spines on its back. Spinosaurus was bipedal (it walked on two legs). Spinosaurus’ huge sail may have been used for regulating its temperature. It was a carnivore, a meat-eater with huge teeth and power jaws.”

Wuerhosaurus (Wuerho Lizard)

“Wuerhosaurus was a stegosaurid (related to Stegosaurus) that had bony, rounded plates along its back and 4 bony spikes at the tip of its tail (thagomizers). It had a short body and wider hip bones than other stegosaurids.”

Irritator (Irritation)

“Irritator is a genus of spinosaurid dinosaur that lived in the early Cretaceous Period (Albian stage). Current estimations indicate a length of 8 meters (26 feet). Irritator was a theropod with unusually-shaped crest at the rear of its head, and probably ate fish.”

See also Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga.

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