Dilophosaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur that lived during the Early Jurassic period, around 193 million years ago. The name Dilophosaurus means “two-crested lizard”, referring to the distinctive crests on the animal’s skull. It was a large predator, measuring up to 20 feet in length and weighing up to 2,000 pounds.
Dilophosaurus had long, powerful legs and a long, flexible tail, which it likely used to maintain balance while running. Its jaws were lined with sharp teeth and it had a pair of sharp claws on each hand. Dilophosaurus has been found in North America and Africa, suggesting that it had a wide range. The discovery of Dilophosaurus was the first evidence of a large, carnivorous dinosaur in the Early Jurassic.
Thanks to Hollywood’s movie magic, Dilophosaurus is portrayed as a venom-spitting frilled-neck lizard. However, there is ZERO evidence that this dinosaur had any of these features.