Dinosaur Names

“Fearfully Great Lizards” is the literal English translation of the word “Dinosaur.” The name was coined by an 18th century Comparative Anatomist named Sir Richard Owen. It was also him who came up with different dinosaur names during his time. Other soon followed suit and created more names as more dinosaur remains were discovered.

The following are some of the dinosaur names based on commonly-shared dinosaur features.

Dinosaurs sharing extraordinary head features

Brachyceratops is a horned herbivorous dinosaur.

Corythausaurus is a dinosaur with a helmet-shaped head. The helmet almost resembles today’s Mohawk hairstyle.

Dilophosaurus is a slender dinosaur with double circular patterns on its head. Fossilized remains show these patterns to have three circles on both sides of the dinosaur’s head.

Homalocephale had purple knobs on the head. These knobs were composed of thick bones that lined and protected the dinosaur’s skull.

Dinosaurs sharing extraordinary body features

Baryonyx was the only dinosaur with foot-long claws on its hands. The body is dotted with unusual crests and its snout resembled that of an alligator.

Brachiosaurus had the largest body and the longest neck. Ironically, it also had the smallest head.

Ceratosaurus was one of the few dinosaurs who walked on two legs. It had a large head with markings running the entire length of its body. It also grew horns as it matured.

Dacentrus was one of the most unusual dinosaur species with spikes sprouting all over its back and on its tail. This unusual feature protected the animal from other predators.

Deinocherus’ body features were similar to that of an ostrich. It was a meat-eating predator that had big eyes and extremely long legs.

Dinosaurs with odd teeth

Astrodon was a dinosaur specie that was named such because of its star-shaped teeth.

Deinodon had massive front teeth that were shaped like daggers. The literal translation of its name in English is “Terrible Tooth.”

Heterodontausaurus had a row of differently-shaped teeth. The dinosaur used this odd advantage to cut, chew, and bite food.

Troodon had one of the sharpest set of serrated teeth. The set of teeth was supported by a long jaw which clamped tightly on its prey.

Clearly, dinosaur names were not hard to conjure up because dinosaur scientists used the animal’s features to find appropriate names to describe each one. If you were to give a name for one, what would you come up with?


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