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Extinct Animals

Extinct animals are those species which are no longer living. This group includes prehistoric animals like dinosaurs and ice-age mammals, as well as moden species like the Dodo.

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Camarasaurus

One of the most common sauropods of the Late Jurassic was the Camarasaurus. It was a large, 25-ton plant-eater was strong and massive, with powerful legs and a strong neck and tail.

Camptosaurus

Camptosaurus was one of the smallest plant-eating dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic. It weighed no more than 1,000 pounds and stood just five feet tall at the hips. Its strong legs were designed to help it avoid any predators.

Ceratosaurus

Ceratosaurus was perhaps the greatest rival of the Allosaurus. It had a huge head with powerful jaws is and a massive body. It also had powerful legs which allowed it to run at high speeds.

Compsognathus

The Compsognathus was one of the smallest known dinosaurs, which is amazing considering that it was a meat-eating dinosaur. This animal was about the size of a turkey and lived mostly near water. What else do we know about this dinosaur?

Dacentrurus

Dacentrurus was an armored dinosaur that was related to the Stegosaurus. The most prominent feature on this dinosaur was the set of large spikes on the end of the tail. It also had plates of bones on its back just like the Stegosaurus.

Datousaurus

Datousaurus may have been an animal that traveled by itself and ate the leaves of the tallest plants in its environment. It lived in the Middle Jurassic Period in what is now modern day China.

Diplodocus

Diplodocus was an incredibly large dinosaur. It is the longest dinosaur known from complete skeletons. A fully grown adult could reach a length of 90 feet. Skeletons of this massive dinosaur have been found in North America.

Dryosaurus

Dryosaurus is the most important member of the family Dryosauridae. This is a group of small plant-eating dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous of North America, eastern Africa is and Europe.

Huayangosaurus

Huayangosaurus was a type of stegosaur that lived in the Middle Jurassic in what is now China. The most prominent feature on this dinosaur is the rows of bony plating that ran down its back.

Kentrosaurus

Kentrosaurus stands out among its relative stegosaurs because this dinosaur had an extra set of spines that stuck out above its hips. It had short front legs and neck which means it could only eat low shrubs and plants.

Megalosaurus

Megalosaurus was the first dinosaur that was described as a reptile. This dinosaur is often described as being part of the "waste bucket" genus because so many bones from other dinosaurs have been mistaken for being that of the Megalosaurus!

Omeisaurus

Omeisaurus is considered the most common of the Late Jurassic Chinese sauropods. The most prominent characteristic of this dinosaur is the extremely long neck the was uncommon for most North American dinosaurs.

Othnielia

Othnielia is a smaller dinosaur that wasn't named until recently. It probably survived on a diet of plants and small insects. The limbs also suggest that this dinosaur would have been a good runner.

Seismosaurus

Seismosaurus was an incredibly large dinosaur that measured nearly half the length of a football field. It had a very long neck, short front legs and and a long heavy tail.

Shunosaurus

Shunosaurus was the dominant plant-eater of Middle Jurassic China. It could feed on plants and leaves high above the ground that most other herbivores could not reach.

Supersaurus

Supersaurus was a dinosaur that truly deserved its name. It measured about 100 feet in length and lived in North America. This dinosaur lived on a diet that consisted mostly of chutes and leaves from the tops of trees.

Tuojiangosaurus

The slow-moving, peaceful life of Tuojiangosaurus was sometimes interrupted by battles with predators such as Yangchuanosaurus and Szechuanosaurus. It would also battle with another male Tuojiangosaurus for females.

Middle and Late Jurassic Periods

The Middle and Late Jurassic Periods were a time in which the dinosaurs took over the world. This is also the time period when Pangea broke apart, which separated many species of dinosaurs.

Early Cretaceous Period

The Early Cretaceous Period was a time in which the Earth was undergoing a process of change. Learn about the Early Cretaceous Period.

Acrocanthosaurus

Acrocanthosaurus was a sauropod of spectacular proportions. In some ways it looked like many other meat-eating dinosaurs, but it had a sail along its back. See pictures and learn more about this dinosaur.

Baryonyx

Baryonyx was found in 1983 by an amateur fossil collector in Surrey, England. He discovered a large claw that was nearly a foot long is and the animal was named for this fossil, which means "heavy claw." Learn more.

Carnotaurus

Carnotaurus (its name means "meat bull") is known from a single, nearly complete skeleton that had skin impressions over much of the skull and body. Read more about this South American dinosaur's unusual features.

Deinonychus

Though Deinonychus was small compared to Tyrannosaurus or Allosaurus, it was an agile theropod capable of deadly attacks. Nearly complete skeletons of this fierce dinosaur were discovered in southern Montana in 1964. Learn more.

Hypsiolphodon

The first remains of Hypsilophodon were discovered in 1849 from Early Cretaceous rocks on the Isle of Wight, England. They were long-legged, swift and agile. Scientists even thought they might have lived in trees. See why.

Iguanodon

This dinosaur got its name, "iguana tooth," because its tooth looked like those of an iguana. It was a large ornithopod and walked on its stocky back legs. Discover if it was a plant or meat eater.

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