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Nicknamed 'Elvis' by one of the characters in Jurassic Park II, long-crested Parasaurolophus
is most certainly one of the most interesting looking dinosaurs. Scientists believe that the crest on his head could have
been used as a calling device, producing low, foghorn-like sounds. Other possible uses for the crest could have been sexual
dimorphism (males may have had larger and/or more brightly colored crests than females), or to enhance the sense of smell.
It was once believed that Parasaurolophus used the crest as a snorkel to breathe under water
with. This idea has been scrapped, though, in recent years for lack of evidence--for one thing, a nostril isn't present in
the end of the crest.
A near complete skeleton was discovered in 1922 by Dr. William A. Parks in Alberta, Canada.
Quite a few fossils of this dino have been found both in Canada and North America.
Older representations of this dino (in toy form) often depicted him with a flap of skin connected
to the crest and the back of the head, as in our Marx buddy here. More recent figures, fot he most part, omit this 'skin-flap'.
It isn't known whether the flap existed or not.
The Marx Parasaur is in a bipedal pose, which has been the popular pose for toys of this dino
for many years. It is believed that he walked around on all fours sometimes too though, like Iguanodon. Parasaur could
walk and run on two legs too, however, and probably needed to do a lot of running, living alongside T-Rex.
Meaning: "Similar Crested Lizard"
Time Period: Late Cretaceous
Location: North America,