Megalosaurus was a carnivorous dinosaur that walked the Earth about 166 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. It inhabited Europe and was found in places such as Centro (Portugal), England and France. It was the first dinosaur named by Gideon Mantell in 1827 and gave the species its name, Megalosaurus bucklandii.
The name Megalosaurus means "big lizard" and it was quite a formidable beast in its time. It stands on two legs (bipedal) and is a typical theropod dinosaur. It was known to be an aggressive hunter that relied on its natural speed, and its powerful jaws full of long teeth, ideal for cutting flesh or bringing down its prey.
Scientists estimated that Megalosaurus Megalosaurus was 9 meters long and weighed 1 ton. Its head was large; the hind limbs were long and strong with three weight-bearing toes facing forward. The forelimbs were short but exceptionally robust. It lived in a terrestrial habitat.
A megalosaur was a massive carnivore that fed on large sauropods or occasionally foraged for food.
There are no findings of how many teeth a megalosaur has, but at the time of its discovery five teeth were found in its remains.
Absolutely not! Despite its root word "mega" in Megalosaurus, it is still not equal to or larger than a T-Rex. Its size was found to be only half the length and an eighth of its weight.
The megalosaur was found in Europe, most likely living in lush, tropical environments.