Jurassic animals

There are many animals lived in this period. Some of the animals shown below


is a genus of the bird-like dinosaurs, which shows a transition between the non-avian feathered dinosaurs and the modern birds. Largest individuals possibly were looking like ravens, but in addition they also had jaws with sharp teeth, three clawed fingers on each wing and a long bony tail.


Allosaurus was a large bipedal predator, which could grow up to 8.5 m in length and was at the top of the food chain. Their potential prey included ornithopods, stegosaurids, and sauropods. Some paleontologists interpret Allosaurus as having had cooperative social behavior, and hunting in packs, while others believe individuals may have been aggressive toward each other, and that congregations of this genus are the result of lone individuals feeding on the same carcasses. It may have attacked large prey by ambush, using its upper jaw like a hatchet.


Mamenchisaurus was a sauropod dinosaur genus, which included several species known for their remarkably long necks which made up half of their total body length. The largest species may have reached 35 m in length and possibly weighed 50 to 75 tons.


Liopleurodon is a genus of large, carnivorous marine reptile belonging to the Plesiosauria group. Their fossils have been found mainly in England and France. Liopleurodon was a powerful swimmer and usually could grow up to 5-7 metres.


is a genus of the armoured dinosaurs. They were large, heavily built herbivorous animals. Their large body plates were probably used for thermoregulatory functions.
The first specimen was collected during the “Bone Wars” – famous fossil rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh.


is a genus of stegosaurian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of Tanzania. It measured around 4.5 metres in length and weighed about one tonne. Kentrosaurus was a herbivore and probably lived in a predator-heavy environment because of its heavy armouring.


was a medium-sized pterosaur, which probably inhabited coastal regions. It was a rather poor flyer because of the short wings, and it probably relied on frantic short flights in the same manner as modern fowls and woodpeckers.


was among the largest predators of its time and had a pair of rounded crests on its skull. It measured about 7 meters long and weighed about 400 kilograms. This dinosaur was inaccurately featured in the Jurassic Park movie – it had no frills, it definitely did not spit poison and was much bigger.