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Megalosaurus bucklandii
Megalosaurus bucklandii is one of the oldest and best-known theropod dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic period, specifically during the Middle Jurassic, approximately 166 million years ago. This dinosaur is important in the history of paleontology, as it was one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered and officially named.

In terms of size, Megalosaurus bucklandii was a moderately sized theropod compared to some of its later relatives. It is estimated that it had a length of about 7 to 9 meters (23 to 30 feet) from head to tail and a height at the hip of about 2 to 2.5 meters (about 6 to 8 feet). It had a robust body and strong hind legs that allowed it to move agilely and hunt prey.

Its head was relatively large in proportion to the body and was equipped with sharp, serrated teeth, indicative of its carnivorous diet. Megalosaurus hunted a variety of prey, including other dinosaurs, small reptiles, and possibly small mammals. It used its strong jaws and sharp teeth to tear the flesh of its prey.

Despite its age, Megalosaurus bucklandii shared common characteristics with other more advanced theropods, such as elongated hind legs, a bipedal posture, and a long, balancing tail. However, compared to later theropods, their body structure was more primitive.

Approximate measurements of the Megalosaurus:
  • Scale 1:35 - 245 mm (two pieces)