Safari Ltd. - Monolophosaurus
Monolophosaurus was a medium sized theropod dinosaur (about 16 feet long) that lived during the Middle Jurassic Period (about 165 million years ago) in what is now China. It had a distinctive crest running the length of its snout, which is recreated on this Monolophosaurus toy.
- History: The first Monolophosaurus skeleton was discovered by a joint Canadian-Chinese expedition to Xinjiang Province of China in 1981. Although a few more partial skeletons have been found, Monolophosaurus remains a rare dinosaur.
- Scientific Name: Monolophosaurus, meaning ‘single-crested lizard’
- Characteristics: The most conspicuous characteristic of Monolophosaurus is the single crest on the top of the animal’s head. Although Monolophosaurus looks a bit like the more famous Tyrannosaurus rex, it is much smaller and more primitive. Although it is bipedal, its front limbs are still quite large, and the hands still have three strong fingers that would have been useful in grasping prey. In these characteristics, it is more similar to, and more closely related to more primitive theropods like Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus.
- Size: This Monolophosaurus toy is 7.5 inches long and 3 inches high.
- The Monolophosaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
- All of Safari Ltd.'s products are Non-toxic and BPA free