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Marshosaurus (Sergey Krasovskiy)

Name:

Marshosaurus (Greek for "Marsh's lizard"); pronounced MARSH-oh-SORE-us

Habitat:

Woodlands of North America

Historical Period:

Late Jurassic (150 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 20 feet long and 1,000 pounds

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Bipedal stance; possibly feathers

About Marshosaurus:

Marshosaurus didn't earn its name because it lived in a marshy habitat; rather, it was named after the famous paleontologist Othniel C. Marsh, who's also memorialized by another dinosaur genus, (Othnielia, sometimes called Othnielosaurus). Beyond its illustrious name, Marshosaurus appears to have been a typical, medium-sized theropod of the late Jurassic period, and is represented by very limited fossil remains.
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