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6 Awesome Dinosaur Species You Should Know

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Therizinosaurus, theropod, dinosaur
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You may have heard of the tyrant king of lizards, Pachycephalosaurus, late Cretaceous dinosaur. A herbivore with a distinctive, thick, dome-shaped skull and a low spiky snout.

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Dreadnoughtus, late Mesozoic dinosaur, titanosaur, sauropod

Dreadnoughtus
Dreadnoughtus, the largest dinosaur whose size can be calculated reliably. A very complete fossil of this sauropod was unearthed in 2009. In life Dreadnoughtus was 26 metres (85 feet) long and weighed about 65 tons.
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Velociraptor, late Cretaceous dinosaur. This ferocious predator's feet bore large sickle-shaped claws on its second toes.

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Contrary to what Jurassic Park would have you believe, although they reached up to 1.8 meters (6 feet) in length, Ankylosaurus, Ankylosauridae, dinosaurs

Ankylosaurus
Ankylosaurus.
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Compsognathus, late Jurassic dinosaur. A swift and agile predator, it was one of the smallest known dinosaurs.

Compsognathus
Compsognathus, late Jurassic dinosaur. It was a swift and agile predator and one of the smallest known dinosaurs.
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The diminutive members of the genus Therizinosaurus, theropod, dinosaurs

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The therizinosaurs are scary-looking late Cretaceous theropods from Asia and North America. They were probably not carnivorous, despite their nightmarish Freddy Krueger claws. These unusual dinosaurs had a small skull and leaf-shaped teeth but lacked teeth in the front half of the upper jaw.

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