Temporal range: Late Jurassic
|An artist's interpretation of Ceratosaurus nasicornis|
Ceratosaurus (ce·rat·o·saur·us) was a medium sized carnivorous dinosaur with a unique horn protruding out of the end of its skull. It was one of the earliest dominant predators. It was named by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1884 and it grew to 23 feet long on average. Some species may have grown larger than this.
It scavenged and also hunted small prey like Dryosaurus. It could probably eat fish as well, and sometimes larger prey if it worked in a pack.
Ceratosaurus was a primitive medium-sized theropod that was an ancestor of Carnotaurus and other abeliosaurids. It had short forelimbs with five fingers, signs of it being more primitive than its main rival Allosaurus. Its legs were so long and muscular, with three toes with sharp talons on the end, designed for fast running. Its skull was double-hinged like a snake, and could open very wide to swallow prey bigger than its head. Ceratosaurus is most distinguishable by the horns above its eyes and the one on its nose. Its tail was somewhat short, and is some of the reason why this dinosaur itself wasn't very long. Its teeth were thin and blade-like, designed to slice through flesh.
In The Media
Ceratosaurus appears briefly in Jurassic Park /// when the main characters are looking for a satellite phone in a pile of Spinosaurus dung. Like all of InGen's cloned theropods, Ceratosaurus had pronated wrists. The clones also had small horns over the eyes like a Ceratosaurus juvenile and was slightly larger than the original with the most notable difference in size being that it was 3 meters in height rather than 2 meters. This was originally supposed to be Carnotaurus, but it was changed to Ceratosaurus.
Ceratosaurus appeared in two episodes of Jurassic Fight Club. In the first, it tryed to attack a baby Stegosaurus, but gets killed itself by an Allosaurus. In the second, a pair are hunting prey, when the female is killed by an Allosaurus. The male and the Allosaurus fight for a long time before the Allosaurus kills the male Ceratosaurus.
Ceratosaurus appears in When Dinosaurs Roamed America. It chases a group of Dryosaurus and is killed by an Allosaurus.
Two Ceratosaurs appear in The Animal World where they fight over the corpse of a Stegosaurus and fall off the cliff and die.
A Ceratosaurus battles a Giant Sloth in Unknown Island.
A Ceratosaurus battles a Triceratops in the film One Million Years B.C.
Ceratosaurus appears in the film Brute Force.
A Ceratosaurus makes an appearence in the Anime show, Dinosaur King.
Ceratosaurus makes an appearance in the Discovery Channel show Prehistoric where it is inaccurately called Allosaurus.
Greymon from Digimon strongly resembles Ceratosaurus.
Ceratosaurus was added to Jurassic World: The Game on January 22, 2016 as a limited tournament dinosaur. It is a legendary carnivore. It has three long finger rather than the four short ones the real animal had.
Ceratosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs in the IOS application, Jurassic Park: Builder.
Ceratosaurus is featured in the DVD game Jurassic Park: Explorer. A player earns the dinosaur when he/she wins a minigame. It is stated that Ceratosaurus was a cousin to Allosaurus, when actually both dinosaurs are distantly related.
Ceratosaurus is available as a two-star, small carnivore in the game Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. Its appearance is based on the movie. However, Ceratosaurus‘ upper jaw is actually smaller than the movie's design. Ceratosaurus hunts larger herbivores in packs or even by itself for that matter. It is known to posses cannibalism when no other food is around. Ceratosaurus can coexist with the Albertosaurus, Dilophosaurus and Allosaurus (though they do fear it and flee when it is near) and even with smaller carnivores like Velociraptor, but this only occurs when they are not hungry or attacking each other. However with the smaller carnivores like Velociraptor the Ceratosaurus coexists either way and can even share its meals among the smaller theropods.
Ceratosaurus can be created in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.