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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Superfamily Tyrannosauroidea
  Family Tyrannosauridae
  Subfamily Albertosaurinae
  Genus Gorgosaurus
Gorgosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous period, about 76 to 68 million years ago. It is very similar to its close relative, Albertosaurus.

Gorgosaurus was about 30 feet (9 meters) long, 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall, and probably weighed about 2.5 tons.

The name Gorgosaurus means "Gorgon lizard". The word Gorgon refers to Greek myth: the Gorgons were three sisters with snakes for hair, who turned people who looked at them to stone.

Gorgosaurus was first described by Lawrence Lambe in 1914.


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Gorgosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 76 to 68 million years ago

Gorgosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 76 to 68 million years ago

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

  2. "Gorgosaurus" means "fierce lizard". This name was chosen by Lawrence Lambe in 1914.

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

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

  5. Gorgosaurus lived between about 76 million years ago and 68 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  6. Gorgosaurus lived in North America.

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

  8. Gorgosaurus was about 30 feet (9 meters) long, and 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall.

  9. Gorgosaurus weighed about 2.5 tons.

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