: Parasaurolophus Walkeri
Type of Dinosaur
: Late Cretaceous Period
: Foliage (herbivorous)
: 31 feet (average)
: 2.8 tons (average)
14 Parasaurolophus Facts for Kids
The Parasaurolophus was discovered in 1920 by a University of Toronto field party along the Red Deer River in Alberta, Canada.
The Parasaurolophus got its scientific name Parasaurolophus walkeri in 1922 by William Parks.
William Parks named the Parasaurolophus walkeri in honor of Sir Byron Edmund Walker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum.
The name Parasaurolophus means: Near Crested Lizard.
The name Parasaurolophus is pronounced: “par-ah-SAWR-OL-uh-fus”.
The Parasaurolophus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as ornithopods.
They lived in the Late Cretaceous Period between 73 and 76.5 million years ago.
The holotype specimen (ROM 768) has an estimated length of 31 feet.
The holotype specimen (ROM 768) has an estimated weight of 2.8 tons.
Parasaurolophus was a herbivore and ate a wide variety of vegetation, as high as 13 feet off the ground.
One of the most notable features of a Parasaurolophus is their long curved cranial crest, that extended back and pointed down towards their shoulders.
Paleontologists aren’t sure what the cranial crest was used for. They believe it may have been used for mating, identifying the sex, enhanced hearing or help regulate their body temperature.
There are two other species of Parasaurolophus besides P. walkeri, they are P. tubecin and P. cytrocristatus.
Fossilized Parasaurolophus specimens have been discovered in North America, in Canada and the United States of America.
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A photo of a Parasaurolophus walkeri wall exhibit.
Credit: Lothar Monshausen / Flickr
A sketch of a Parasaurolophus walkeri dinosaur.
Credit: Natural History Museum, London
A close-up photo of a Parasaurolophus walkeri skull.
Credit: Mike / Flickr
Additional Resources on Parasaurolophus
Parasaurolophus - Wikipedia
– Discover more Parasaurolophus facts on the Wikipedia Website.
Parasaurolophus - Perhistoric Wildlife
– Discover some wild facts about the Parasaurolophus on the Perhistoric Wildlife website.
Ontogeny in the tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus (Hadrosauridae) and heterochrony in hadrosaurids
– Ontogenetic changes in the vertebrate skull have numerous functional, ecological, and behavioral consequences.