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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Family Coeluridae
  Genus Coelurus
Coelurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) dinosaur that lived in North America in the late Jurassic period, between about 153 and 150 million years ago.

Coelurus was quite small for a Theropod dinosaur. It was about 8 feet (2.4 meters) long, about 2¼ feet (0.7 meters) tall at the hips, and weighed something in the region of 29 to 44 pounds (13 to 20 kilograms).

The first discovery of the remains of Coelurus was in 1881 by an amateur fossil collector named David Baldwin. The name Coelurus was coined by Edward D. Cope in 1889, and means "hollow form", in reference to the animal's hollow bones.

Coelurus is belived to have been a small terrestrial carnivore (meat-eater). It would have ffet on small prey some small mammals, lizards and insects. It was also probably a fast animal - evidence for this comes, for instance, from the structure of the bones in its feet.


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Coelurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 153 to 150 million years ago

Coelurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 153 to 150 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Coelurus:
  1. Coelurus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Coelurus" means "hollow tail". This name was chosen by Othniel C. Marsh in 1879.

  3. Coelurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Coelurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Coelurus was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Coelurus was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Coelurus lived between about 153 million years ago and 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period.

  6. Coelurus lived in North America.

  7. Coelurus was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  8. Coelurus was about 8 feet (2.4 meters) long, and about 2¼ feet (0.7 meters) tall at its hips.

  9. Coelurus weighed about 29 to 44 pounds (13 to 20 kilograms).

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