Real-world Information Edit
Native to what is now North America, Parasaurolophus was a large hadrosaurid dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous (around 76,5 - 66 million years ago). First discovered in 1922, its remains have been found in Canada (Alberta), and the United States (New Mexico and Utah).
This dinosaur measured around 10 metres long, and weighed an estimated 2.5 tons or so. Skin impressions of this creature have been found, indicating that its skin consisted mostly of uniform tubercule-like scales.
Its most distinctive feature is the large, curved, tubular crest extending from the back of its head. This crest - which is thought to have been larger in males - was hollow, and connected to the nasal passages. The crest's function is now thought to have been sexual display, and for producing loud, foghorn-like sounds. A recently discovered skeleton of a juvenile indicates that the crest did not become noticeable until the animal matured.
Parasaurolophus was a herbivore, and like other hadrosaurs, it had large batteries of cheek teeth that it used to grind vegetation. The animal would typically have eaten vegetation up to four metres high off the ground. Unlike many other hadrosaurs however, this dinosaur and other lambeosaurines are thought to have been selective browsers, due to their relatively narrow snouts.
JP Information Edit
Sometimes referred to by park staff as the "Cretaceous cow", Parasaurolophus lives in herds of about 5 - 50 animals, consisting of a mix of males and females. They prefer to eat from flowering plants, particularly their leaves, fruit and shoots.In order to house a herd of Parasaurolophus, a large area with a mix of open plains and lush tropical forest or swamp is recommended. Although mostly docile, Parasaurolophus is easily startled. Their first reaction to a potential predator is to run, although if cornered or stampeding, their strength should not be underestimated! Therefore, the fencing on the enclosure should be relatively sturdy.
Parasaur calls can travel for miles, allowing for easy communication between herd members. If you frequently work with these dinosaurs, investing in a good pair of earplugs is probably a good idea...
In-game Information Edit
Parasaurolophus is a noisy but mild-mannered herbivore. Being a hadrosaur, it can safely eat the berries of Rhamnus salicifolius. This dinosaur has around 55 HP of health when fully grown, and its melee attack does about 8 HP of damage. It is imprintable (see: Taming), but note that a tamed individual will not defend you if you are attacked.