|Appeared in||Series 6|
Ceratosaurus is figure #149, from Series 6: the Dinosaurs. It had a point-value of 150, and was re-released in the Secret Skeleton Dinosaurs subseries. Apart from the stance, with the creature leaning on its coiled tail, the figurine is a reasonably accurate portrayal of the genus.
Ceratosaurus meaning "horned lizard", was a large predatory theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period, found in the Morrison Formation of North America, in Tanzania and Portugal. It was characterized by large jaws with blade-like teeth, a large, blade-like horn on the snout and a pair of hornlets over the eyes. The forelimbs were powerfully built but very short. A row of small osteoderms (bony nodules) was present down the middle of the back, providing some armor -- a trait unique among the theropods. Ceratosaurus was an active predator, and its teeth marks have been found in the remains of contemporary dinosaurs.
Ceratosaurus is a fairly popular dinosaur due to its unusual facial features. It has appeared in several movies, including the first live action film to feature dinosaurs -- Brute Force (1914); Fantasia (1940), in which one battles a Stegosaurus; One Million Years BC (1966), in which it battles a Triceratops; The Land That Time Forgot (1975) where it also battles a Triceratops, and its sequel The People That Time Forgot (1977) in which a character rescues a cave-girl from two pursuing Ceratosaurus; and briefly in Jurassic Park III in which it is repelled from attacking the main characters by a large mound of Spinosaurus dung.