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 Parasaurolophus Walkeri

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PostSubject: Parasaurolophus Walkeri   Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:25 pm

Parasaurolophus Walkeri

Height: 13.6 feet
Weight: 3.7 tons
Length: 39.8 feet
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Coloration:
Male: Brownish creamy yellow body, with an equally creamy white underbelly. Blackish brown striping mark both of the leg thigs in five or six stripes, depending on the specimen. Three other blackish brown stripes are under the larger markings. Dull red crest which is larger and more robust in males, but during the breeding season it becomes vibrant red. Three or four blackish brown stripes run along the back of the hadrosaur, ending at the tip of the tail.
Young Male: Creamy brownish yellow body, with pure yellow eyes and black, circular pupils. Three to four brownish black stripes run down the back of the animal, ending at the tail-tip. Crest is small and colored dull red and stays red during the adult male breeding season. Five blackish brown stripes mark both leg thighs and three more are under that.
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Female: Duller brownish creamy yellow body, with a creamy white underbelly. Eye's are dull yellow with circular black pupils. Blackish brown striping mark both of the leg thighs in groups of five or six, depending on the specimen. Crest is smaller than the male and is colored dull brown with mixes of yellow and even dull black. Three or four blackish brown stripes run along the back of the hadrosaur, ending at the tip of the tail. Three other brown stripes are under the thigh striping.
Young Female: Pale brownish yellow body with a pale white underbelly. Eye's are dull yellow with roundish black pupils. Crest is very small and colored dull brown. Three to four brown stripes run down the back, ending at the tail-tip. Brown stripes mark both leg thighs, and three more stripes are under the large thigh.

Preferred Habitat: These hadrosaurs can live in a variety of enviroments, from open forests to sparse mountains. Despite so, Parasaurolophus prefer to live in open grasslands, preferrably with a clean water source, plenty of plant matter, and other local herbivores in the area.
Diet: Parasaurolophus is not a picky eater; often eating any vegitation it comes into contact with, as it's ability to chew food gives it the advantage over other dinosaurs like Stegosaurus or Brachiosaurus.
Family: Hadrosauridae
Social Structure: Parasaurolophus live in large herds led by an alpha male. Herds can have as much as twenty-five individuals, and consist of females, young, sub-adult and adult males.
Description: Large, bipedal and quadrupedal hadrosaur. Has long, theropod-like legs which can help the animal reach speeds of up to thirty-seven miles per hour. Has a long, thick tail used for balance. Has 5 long fingers on each forearm, and the arm is long enough to reach the ground, enabling it to walk on all 4 legs. The most noticable feature of Parasaurolophus is the meter long crest on the back of it's head. These are filled with air tubes, and when the animal makes a noise, it is amplified by the air sacs, making the sound much louder than it actually is, making it much more threatening.
Behavior: The most notable and beautiful feature of Parasaurolophus which captures the watchers attention is the long, flamboyant crest which sweeps backwards in a gentle curve on the head. In adult males the crest is the largest, strongest and most colorful. This crest is used in adult males to display and attract females and intimidate rival males during the breeding season. In all genders, it can be used like a snorkel when submerging underwater, holding it's breath in excess of an hour before being completely submerged in water. Parasaurolophus is highly sociable, as seen in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3, they can often be found in large quanities alonside herds of sauropods like Brachiosaurus Althithorax and Dicraeosaurus, as well as other hadrosaurs, specifically Corythosaurus Casuarius and Iguanodon Bernissartensis. Both the Parasaurolophus and the accompanying herbivore benefit from the symbiosis. When herds of Parasaurolophus Walkeri and groups of Brachiosaurus Althithorax intermix, the Parasaurolophus, with a highly accurate sense of smell and incredible eyesight, serve as lookouts for the Brachiosaurus and in return, the Brachiosaurus serve as bodyguards and protectors for the hadrosaurs, defending themselves and the hadrosaurs with their immenze size and strength, which is enough to scare off even the powerful Carcharodontosaurus Saharicus.
Additional Information: The uses for the crest of Parasaurolophus has been speculated by paleontologists ever since it's discovery. It was not untill InGen had cloned their first Parasaurolophus on Isla Sorna. As it turns out, their is only two uses for the crest of Parasaurolophus. The first use is for males to attract mates; during the breeding season, the crests of males will become vibrant in color, and this will appear attractive to females, and it is the brightest crest and loudest call that wins a female. The second use is for being used like a snorkel. When going underwater, the nose and the crest are kept above water. It breathes through the crest and is able to even hold it's breath and be completely submerged underwater and be hidden from possible predators like Tyrannosaurus Rex or Acrocanthosaurus Atokensis.
Maximum Age: The oldest an adult Parasaurolophus can reach is 29.7 years.
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