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Torvosaurus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Torvosaurus means "savage lizard"
Pronounced - TOR-vo-SAWR-us
Named By - Peter M. Galton and James A. Jensen
When Named - 1979
DIET: Carnivore (meat-eater); Torvosaurus ate large plant-eating dinosaurs like stegosaurs and sauropods.
SIZE: Length - 33-40 ft (10-12 m) long
Height - 8 ft (2.5 m) tall at the hips
Weight - 3 tons
WHEN IT LIVED: Late Jurassic period, about 144 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, USA, North America.
FOSSILS: Torvosaurus was found by Jim Jensen and Kenneth Stadtman in 1972, in the Dry Mesa quarry in western Colorado.
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Saurischia - lizard-hipped dinosaurs
  • Suborder Theropoda - bipedal carnivores
  • Family Megalosauridae
  • Genus Torvosaurus
  • Species T. tanneri (type species named by Galton and Jensen, 1979)
Torvosaurus walked on two powerful legs. It had strong, short arms; the forearms were about half the length of the upper arms. It had huge thumb claws and large, sharp teeth.

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