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Attributes Distinctive fin like crests along the snout, jaws lined with sharp, blade-like teeth, largest carnivore at time, five metres long
Diet Other animals, carrion
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Liliensternus image gallery.

Liliensternus is an extinct dinosaurian species of coelophysoid therapod that lived in the Triassic period. At up to four metres long, it would have been the largest predator of its time and area.

Skull details suggest that Liliensternus is related to the Jurassic carnivore Dilophosaurus.

Liliensternus is known from two incomplete specimens found in the Kueper Formation, Saschen-Anhalt in Germany. Named for German paleontologist Hugo Ruele von Lilienstern.

Behaviour and traitsEdit

Liliensternus was an active hunter, agile and fast, running on two powerful hind-legs, balanced by a long, graceful tail. It was a lightly built carnivore and was the largest meat eater of its time.

Liliensternus' crest, like that of the Dilophosaurus, may have been used for display purposes; to attract mates or scare rivals.

Physical appearanceEdit

Like many early theropods, Liliensternus has a five fingered hand, with a smaller fourth and fifth digit. Later theropods have three fingered hands.

The jaws were lined with sharp, blade-like teeth. The skull shows evidence of distinctive fin like crests along the snout. These may have been for species recognition or as a display to attract a mate.