Parasaurolophus is my personal favorite of all dinosaur species. This large herbivore is most commonly recognized for the incredible cranial crest that are believed to have been used as sounding chambers and for sexual display. These incredible crested dinosaurs of the late cretaceous period were herding Hadrosaurs that depended upon herd life for defense from predators. Although bipedal when moving or fleeing, Parasaurolophus would have grazed on grasslands using all four limbs. So how big was this Lambeosaurinae? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
The Numbers On Parasaurolophus!
The approximated length of Parasaurolophus is around 33 feet long.
33 feet is equal to:
The length of a full roll of wallpaper.
The length of three large Bengal tigers.
The length of 11 large dog crates.
…and just for fun: equal to the length of the diameter of 474 nickels.
Estimates of Parasaurolophus weight fall at around 3.5 short tons or 7,000 pounds.
7,000 lbs is equal to:
The weight of 23 ostriches.
The same weight as 100 red tailed boa snakes.
The weight of 1,400 five pound bags of sugar.
…and just for fun: equal to the weight of 5,600,000 average goose feathers.
Current estimates put the height of Parasaurolophus at around 16 feet tall in total and around 9 feet tall at the hips.
16 feet is equal to:
The height of a small giraffe.
The height of 8 giant anteaters.
The height of 4 emperor penguins.
…and just for fun: equal to the height of 3,146 pennies stacked on top of each other.
Although big, Parasaurolophus lacked the defensive mechanisms of many other herbivores such as the bony armor of Ankylosaurus or the huge horns of Triceratops. With that said, a herd of Parasaurolophus or any other 7,000 lb herbivore would still be a pretty intimidating experience particularly once they all began to run at the same time!