I don’t know much about dinosaurs but I have a mate that does! His name is Alec and he is 11 years old. He has loved dinosaurs and animals for ages – like lots of you! I have asked Alec to help me write about the dinosaurs here at Taronga.

Here’s what he had to say about our Dinosaur Profile for December – the Coelophysis!

Coelophysis was one of the first proper Dinosaurs; it was a predator and a scavenger at the same time! It was one of the first raptors, some others were Eoraptor, Chindesaurus, Gojisaurus, Herrersaurus, Staurikosaurus, Alwalkeria and a bigger fellow called Liliensternus. That is a lot of raptors, and there may be many more! The Coelophysis lived in the Triassic, a very hot and dry time. The Triassic was the very first time where proper dinosaurs evolved! And even then there were odd reptiles! A very odd animal called Lystrosaurus, a common prey of Coelophysis, was actually half reptile, half mammal! Coelophysis were like Dino-athletes, they were tall, fast and very deadly. Like all raptors, Coelophysis had a large social sense, but when food was scarce, cannibalism among packs was common. Coelophysis lived for as long time and into the end of the Triassic, when things started to get a bit cooler and wetter. Coelophysis lived in North America, at a famous fossil site in New Mexico called Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch was a very swampy place in the Triassic, and hundreds of Coelophysis fossils have been discovered there. I believe Taronga has 2 Coelophysis, down by the kids trail near Backyard to Bush.

Well, that's it for this year readers, I look forward to writing to you again!

- Alec


p.s. I drew this photo of me!

Alec had drawn a picture of himself