Interesting Names for Lesser-Known Dinosaurs

From the Brontosaurus to the infamous T-Rex, there are many different dinosaurs names that are popular with a mainstream appeal. However, a multiple of creatures that lived millions of years ago are still screaming for attention, such as the Supersaurus and Cryptoraptor , species who are lesser known in the dino kingdom.


In 1985, Dr. Jim Jenson acknowledged the existence of another dinosaur species of the Jurassic Period. Fossils of the Supersaurus were found in a rock formation in Colorado in 1972 alongside a Brachiosaurus. At first, the two creatures were believed to have been the same species of dinosaur, but scientists later concluded that they were definitely two different animals. While the shoulder blade and some of the neck vertebrae are the only parts of the body found, the shoulder blade was admired for standing more than 6 feet tall. Wyoming is another location that has recently produced the fossils of this species.

It is said that the Supersaurus reached a height of more than 80 feet tall and measured 130 feet long.  As part of the diplodocus family, this species lived during the late Jurassic period, and is often referred to as the largest dinosaur of the diplodocus family. It was an herbivore that feasted on plants when it was thriving on earth.


In the Bull Canyon Formation in Quay County, New Mexico, the fossils of the Cryptoraptor came to light. However, the dinosaur is typically listed as a partial discovery since only one specimen represents the existence of the species. The only pieces to the Cryptoraptor to remain include the vertebrae, parts of thigh bones, and a pubis. It is thought that the creatures lived during the late Triassic time period as a meat eater that ate a variety of other dinosaurs and animals. Other details about the dinosaur are hazy, except for that Adrian Hunt discovered the dinosaur that originally wanted to give the name Cryptoraptor Lockleyi at first. However, this name was not widely accepted. The Cryptoraptor has since become one of the last dinosaurs to be discovered and has only been recently acknowledged by scientists.


With remains discovered in Africa, the Afrovenator was found in to date, only one nearly complete skeleton has ever been located, which included the majority of the skull, a nearly complete pelvis, complete hind legs, and pieces of the spinal column, hands, and forelimbs. Measuring about 9 meters long, the creature walked about on two hind legs with three claws decorating each hand. The dinosaur was also known to have a lot of teeth.


The Limusaurus possessed a beak similar to a bird and research has shown that it played a role in the evolution of three-fingered hand birds. The discovery of this species also shed light on just how ecologically diverse the creatures from the Jurassic period really were. Belonging to the group of toothless theropods with a vegetarian diet, the Limusaurus represents the first and main member of the ceratosaur family that hails from East Asia. The primary characteristics of this dinosaur group were horns or crests on their heads and odd fingers that lacked sharp claws.