Dilophosaurus Details

Dilophosaurus restoration
Click to hear narration "The specimen was brought to Berkeley and cleaned up by a WPA project under Dr. Wann Langston. It took three men two years to clean and prepare the skeleton and then make a wall mount of the animal. We knew it was new, and in 1954 I published a preliminary description naming it Megalosaurus wetherilli thinking it might just as well belong there as anywhere else. We didn't know how new it was."
Click to hear narration "In 1964 I became concerned over the age of the animal. It was based on differences of opinion as to whether the rock were of Triassic or Jurassic age (as I had said)."
Click to hear narration "So I returned and yes, the rocks were of Kayenta formation. About a quarter mile south of the original find I found a fourth skeleton which turned out to be a very fine skeleton of an adult animal."
Click to hear narration "It was this skeleton, that on preparation in our laboratory showed very clearly that the animal had a double crest and that the name should be changed from Megalosaurus. We proposed the new name of Dilophosaurus, based on the double crest on top of the head. The original skull also shows the crest, but we had not recognized it. The two crests had been crushed together, and we had assumed they were part of a cheek bone that had been pushed out of place."

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