The prehistoric age comes to life through the magic of animatronic technology as 20 dinosaurs take up residence at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The sixth earth-shaking season at the zoo runs May 9 - Sept. 15.
Deinonychus means "terrible claw" because of the large talon on the second toe of each foot.
The claws were used for hunting and were held retracted while the dinosaur walked.
This bipedal, 3 meters long and 1 meter tall dinosaur weighed an average of 175 pounds. It had very powerful jaws with 60 curved, blade-like teeth and a long bony tail for balance and fast turning ability.
Brachiosaurus means "arm lizard" because its forelimbs were longer than its hind legs.
This quadrupedal dinosaur, 50-foot tall dinosaur had nostrils on the top of its head. It is thought to have had a very large and powerful heart to pump blood all the way up its extremely long neck.
Styracosaurus is named "spiked lizard" because of its notable horned neck frill.
This quadrupedal dinosaur measured up to 5.5 meters long, 1.8 meters tall and weighed nearly three tons. It had a beaked mouth without teeth, and a powerful body resembling that of a rhinoceros.
Troodon means "wounding teeth" in Greek because its teeth were serrated at the apex.
First discovered in 1885 and was one of the first dinosaurs found in North America. Thought to possibly have been one of the more intelligent dinosaurs due to is higher brain to body ratio.
Coelophysis means "hollow form" because of its hollow limb bones.
This bipedal dinosaur measured an average of 3 meters long, less than a meter tall and weighed an average of 60-100 pounds. Resembled a long-legged bird with a head like a stork’s and a long curved neck.
Tyrannosaurus rex means "tyrant lizard king" because it was one of the largest and most powerful dinosaurs.
Perhaps the most formidable predator ever to roam the earth, this massive dinosaur had tiny arms with only two fingers but powerful hind limbs to support its massive body.
Lived during: Late Cretaceous Period about 85 to 65 million years ago.
Acrocanthosaurus means "high-spined lizard" because of the unusually high spines on many of its vertebrae.
This bipedal dinosaur measured up to 30-40 feet long and 13 feet tall, with a weight of about 2.4 metric tons.
Also had a large, 1.4 meter long head with 68 teeth.
Apatosaurus means "deceptive lizard" because it was a harmless giant.
This quadrupedal dinosaur had nostrils on the top of its head, a long neck for grazing and a long tail to counterbalance the neck.
It could get up to 90 feet long, 15 feet tall and weigh up to 38 tons.
Deinosuchus means "terrible crocodile"
Although its body features were similar to modern crocodiles, a full-grown Deinosuchus was much larger, growing 40 feet long. Deinosuchus probably would have been able to kill even large dinosaurs in its habitat.
Parasaurolophus means "Beside Crested Lizard" because it had a long, hollow and bony crest that was about six feet long.
A bipedal and quadrupedal dinosaur, the Parasaurolophus measured an average of 17 feet tall and weighed up to 7,800 pounds.
It had a crest used to make sounds and enhance the sense of smell and/or mating displays. Also had a toothless horny beak, numerous cheek teeth and traveled in herds.
Lived during the Cretaceous Period about 76-65 million years ago.
Dilophosaurus means "double crested lizard" because it has two crests.
Known for twin plates atop its head and powerful, fast legs, this dinosaur was depicted as spitting poison at its enemies in the movie "Jurassic Park."
Lived during the Jurassic Period about 201 to 189 million years ago.
Lived in: North America, Asia
Ornithomimus means "bird-mimic" because of its bird-like bone structure.
Rather than having more typical jaws with teeth, Ornithomimus actually had a mouth that was more like a beak which could have been used for a variety of feeding styles.
Lived during the Late Cretaceous Period
Citipati means "funeral pyre lord" (citi, meaning "funeral pyre" and pati meaning "lord")
It is one of the best-known oviraptorids, thanks to a number of well-preserved skeletons, including several specimens found in brooding positions atop nests of eggs.
Quetzalcoatlus comes from Quetzalcoati, an Aztec serpent god covered in feathers.
Of all the flying creatures to exist, Quetzalcoatlus was one of the largest.
It weighed about 300 pounds with a wingspan of 35-40 feet. It was also toothless, with a very long, stiff neck and thought to have hunted in packs and scavenged for small prey.
For more information on the DINOSAURS!, visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo website at http://5.wews.com/lXWWd
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