Episode 25 – Ceratosaurs: Story of a Predatory Dinosaur Dynasty!
Masters of horns and teeth
Throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, dinosaurs were top dogs on every continent and in every sort of environment. The ceratosaurs were some of the classic predators that ruled the tops of the food chains for much of that time. Including classic predators such as Ceratosaurus, Carnotaurus, and Majungasaurus—as well as oddballs like Masiakasaurus, Limusaurus, and Elaphrosaurus—ceratosaurs included top-of-the-food-chain carnivores and slender, fleet-footed herbivores. For this episode, I delve into a cool new paper summing up the current knowledge on these awesome beasts!
Read the original paper by paleontologist Rafael Delcourt for free in the journal Scientific Reports!
For some awesome skeletal mounts of ceratosaurs, you can visit museums around the world. See Ceratosaurus at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City and Carnotaurus at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales B. Rivadiva in Buenos Aires! The great traveling exhibit Ultimate Dinosaurs-Giants of Gondwana has a number of ceratosaur skeletons too! Please add a comment if you have another ceratosaur museum to suggest!