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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  Superfamily Tyrannosauroidea
  Genus Guanlong
Guanlong was a small Theropod dinosaur. The animal was a carnivore (meat-eater), and lived in China during late Jurassic period, about 160 million years ago. It is (at the time of writing) the earliest known Tyrannosaur - the group of dinosaurs that includes animals such as Albertosaurus, Alioramus, Gorgosaurus, Tarbosaurus, and, of course, Tyrannosaurus rex.

Guanlong was small for a Tyrannosaur. It was only about 10 feet (3 meters) long. It also had a couple of unusual features:
  1. Unlike later Tyrannosaurs, Guanlong had three long fingers on each of its hands.

  2. Guanlong had a large crest on its head, and it is after this feature that the animal is named (in Chinese, its name means "crown dragon").
Aside from its size and the above unusual features, Guanlong had many other features in common with later Tyrannosaurs. One other interesting fact is that it may well have been covered with a coat of primitive feathers - although there is no direct evidence for this, a closely related (but later) Chinese Tyrannosaur, Dilong is known to have definitely had primitive feathers near its jaw and tail.


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Guanlong was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 160 million years ago

Guanlong was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 160 million years ago

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

  2. "Guanlong" means "crown dragon".

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

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

  5. Guanlong lived about 160 million years ago, during the Jurassic period.

  6. Guanlong lived in China.

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

  8. Guanlong was about 10 feet (3 meters) long.

  9. Guanlong weighed about 100 to 200 pounds (45 to 90 kilograms).

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