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A large carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Megalosaurus of the Jurassic Period, having a large head and short forelimbs. Megalosaurus was the first dinosaur given a scientific name (1824).

[New Latin Megalosaurus, genus name : megalo- + Greek sauros, lizard.]

meg′a·lo·sau′ri·an adj. & n.
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Noun1.megalosaurus - gigantic carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous in Europemegalosaurus - gigantic carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous in Europe
bird-footed dinosaur, theropod, theropod dinosaur - any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legs
genus Megalosaurus - type genus of the Megalosauridae
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That happened in 1822 with the first fossil of its kind, known as Megalosaurus bucklandii. Over time scientists have learned more about the extinct creature, whose name translates to "great lizard," finding that it walked on two legs instead of four - its front arms being short - and that it had long, sharp teeth.
Scans of the Megalosaurus bucklandii , which is at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, found five teeth "that were growing deep within the jaw before the animal died - including the remains of old, worn teeth and also tiny newly growing teeth," the ( University of Warwick said in a statement.
(2010): A description of Megalosaurus bucklandii (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Bathonian of the United Kingdom and the relationships of Middle Jurassic theropods.