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Albertosaurus was a tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in Dinosaur Provincial Park between 73 and 70 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period. It could attain a length of 9 to 10 meters (30–33 feet) and height of 3-3.5 meters (10–12 feet). It weighed about 3-4 tons. At one time Albertosaurus was thought to be the same as Gorgosaurus, another tyrannosaurid, but now they are considered two separate species. Albertosaurus was The Lion of the Cretaceous as it had a big number of plant eaters to feed on, especially ceratopsians like Styracosaurus or Pachyrhinosaurus, or hadrosaurs like Parasaurolophus or Corythosaurus. There is also fossil evidence that this large, ferocious predator may have hunted in packs to bring down too large, difficult prey like Edmontosaurus. Albertosaurus was similar to its cousin Tyrannosaurus only it would probably be more of a chasing predator due to its light build. Albertosaurus also had a more slender skull and bones making it a slim, graceful but still deadly predator.

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Video games

Jurassic Park: Trespasser

Albertosaurus made its first appearance in the video game Jurassic Park: Trespasser. It can kill Anne with a single bite.

Only three Albertosaurus are present in the final game; the first time it is seen is after a fall from a cliff in 'Industrial Jungle', hunting for Parasaurolophus alongside a number of Velociraptor. The other two Albertosaurus are located in the first 'Ascent' level. The first albertosaur can be killed with a machine gun mounted to a wrecked truck, and the second and third albertosaurs it can be dispatched with the Toxic gun, a weapon that can bring the animal down with only one shot.

The coloration is a brownish yellow with several brown markings and a white underbelly.

Warpath: Jurassic Park

Albertosaurus is also included in Warpath: Jurassic Park, as the final dinosaur to unlock. Its area is Universal Studios. Its moves are the same as Carcharodontosaurus and Giganotosaurus. It comes in scarlet, forest green and cinnamon.

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

see Albertosaurus/Operation Genesis

Albertosaurus is seen in the video game Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis as a three-star small carnivore. It seems to be the most powerful small carnivore on the game. More lightly built than it's cousin such as Tyrannosaurus, it forages alone for smaller prey but will gang up to bring down large herbivores. Their favourite prey is Parasaurolophus.

The coloration is primarily a smoke black, with molten orange stripes from head to tail and a creamy grayish brown underbelly.

Jurassic Park III: Park Builder

Albertosaurus is one of the Carnivores that can be created from paleo-DNA in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder. Its head resembles Tyrannosaurus'.

Jurassic Park: Explorer

Albertosaurus is featured in the DVD game Jurassic Park: Explorer. A player earns a dinosaur when he/she wins a minigame, when the earned dinosaur is an Albertosaurus this video will be shown. The Albertosaurus in this game was actually, a recolored Tyrannosaurus. Presumably when the game was made, the developers did not have enough time to create an Albertosaurus, so they reused a Tyrannosaurus rex to portray the dinosaur. This also happened with the Allosaurus. However, the Albertosaurus was related with the T. rex, as mentioned before.

Jurassic Park: Builder

Albertosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs on the simulation game Jurassic Park: Builder. Albertosaurus shared the Allosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, and Ceratosaurus model, which is inaccurate to the real Albertosaurus, which had only two fingers as opposed to the three fingers the game version has. The Albertosaurus in Jurassic Park: Builder is one of the few tyrannosauroid in the game, the others being T. rex, and Yutyrannus.

References

Playable Warpath Dinosaurs
AcrocanthosaurusAlbertosaurusAnkylosaurusCarcharodontosaurusCryolophosaurusGiganotosaurusMegaraptorPachycephalosaurusSpinosaurusStygimolochStyracosaurusSuchomimusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rex