Parasaurolophus

No. 306029

by Safari Ltd
$9.99USD

Parasaurolophus was one of the largest known ‘duck-billed dinosaurs’ from North America. The tube-like, bony crest on its head may have produced loud trumpeting sounds. This peaceful plant eater walked on four legs most of the time, but could rear up and run on two legs when it was in a hurry. It occupied Canada during the Cretaceous Period about 75 million years ago.

  • Scientific Name: Parasaurolophus walkeri
  • Characteristics: There is no mistaking Parasaurolophus’ distinctive crest, which is long, tubular, and backward-curving. Parasaurolophus had a broad, duck-like mouth which contained hundreds of blunt teeth. It had long, strong hind legs that ended in hoof-like claws. It reached massive sizes of up to 33 ft long.
  • Size and Color: This model is 7.75 inches long and 2.25 inches high. It has a dappled pattern of brown and yellow to help it blend in to shady forests.
  • The Parasaurolophus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

A spectacular, complete skeleton of this crested dinosaur was first discovered in 1920, in Alberta, Canada.

The stunning crest of Parasaurolphus has generated much speculation over the years. When Parasaurolophus was first discovered, it was presumed to be amphibious, and so some palaeontologists suggested it could use its hollow crest as a snorkel. However, the tip of the crest is completely closed, so this theory has been generally dismissed. Alternatively, it is possible that the hollow crest was used as a resonating chamber to generate loud bellowing sounds. Other researchers have suggested that the crest may have been colorful, to be used in mating displays or to help individuals recognize others of the same species.

Parasaurolphus is now regarded as fully terrestrial. It lived its entire life on land and used its sturdy limbs and hoof-like claws to support its weight. Its flattened ‘bill’ helped it to strip leaves from pine trees, and it used its hundreds of tightly packed teeth to grind the tough plant material. This fascinating dinosaur lived in Late Cretaceous times, around 75 million years ago, alongside a variety of other dinosaurs.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 19.75 L x
  • Size in inches: 7.78 L x
  • UPC: 095866001537