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Name meaning

"Lizard from Yangch'uan"




2.5-3 metres


10.8 m (35.4 ft)


3 1/2 tons




Isla Nublar

Birth type


Movie canon appearances

Jurassic Park

Game appearances

Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (Mentioned)

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Yangchuanosaurus was a theropod dinosaur thought to be related to Allosaurus. Two species have been discovered: shangyouensis and zigongensis. Both of these dinosaurs lived in the Late Jurassic of China. They most likely hunted in packs. Yangchuanosaurus was essentially the Asian variant of Allosaurus, and performed exactly the same role in a parallel ecosystem to that most often attributed to North America, Europe and Africa.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Yangchuanosaurus

In Jurassic Park (film)Edit

Yangchuanosaurus is not physically seen in the movie. But on the map of the park and next to a vial in the Cold Storage Room the name Metriacanthosaurus is shown. According to vertebrate paleontologist Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. this was probably meant to refer to Yangchuanosaurus, which was then classified as a species of the metriacanthosaur genus (click here for a detailed discussion).

In Jurassic Park inspired gamesEdit

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Yangchuanosaurus from JPIII: Park Builder

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