Top 10 Best Dinosaur Names

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The Top Ten

1 Anzu Anzu Anzu is a genus of large oviraptorosaurian dinosaurs from the late Cretaceous of North Dakota and South Dakota, US.

The first oviraptor-like theropod to be discovered in North America, Anzu was also one of the biggest, tipping the scales at up 500 pounds (or an order of magnitude more than it's better-known relative Oviraptor). The name of this feathered dinosaur derives from Mesopotamian folklore; Anzu was a winged demon who stole the Tablet of Destiny from the sky god Enlil. - Eximinator23

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2 Daemonosaurus

Despite what you may think, the Greek root "daemon" in Daemonosaurus doesn't necessarily mean "demon," but "evil spirit"--not that this distinction would matter if you were being chased by a pack of these toothy, 50-pound theropods. The importance of Daemonosaurus is that it was closely related to the better-known North American Coelophysis, and thus was one of the earliest true dinosaurs. - Eximinator23

3 Gigantoraptor

From its name, you might assume that Gigantoraptor was the biggest raptor that ever lived, outclassing even Velociraptor and Deinonychus. The fact is, though, that this impressively named, two-ton dinosaur wasn't a true raptor at all, but a late Cretaceous theropod closely related to Oviraptor. (For the record, the largest true raptor was the 1,500-pound Utahraptor). - Eximinator23

4 Iguanacolossus

A relatively new addition to the dinosaur bestiary, Iguanacolossus (you don't need to have studied Greek to translate its name as "colossal iguana") was a multi-ton ornithopod of the late Cretaceous period. And yes, in case you were wondering, this plant-muncher was a close relative of Iguanodon, though it wasn't even remotely related to modern iguanas! - Eximinator23

5 Khaan

Why do central Asian (and North American) dino-birds get all the coolest names? Khaan is Mongolian for "lord," as you might already have guessed from the famous Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan (not to mention KHAN! From Star Trek II). Ironically, though, Khaan wasn't all that big or fierce, only measuring about four feet from head to tail and weighing 30 pounds. - Eximinator23

6 Raptorex

Not all dinosaurs have equally impressive names: it takes a particular type of paleontologist to come up with a name that's so striking, so descriptive, that it forever fixes a dinosaur in the public imagination, no matter how scant the fossil evidence might be. Here's an alphabetical list of the 10 most memorable dinosaur names, ranging from Anzu to Tyrannotitan. (Just how cool were these dinosaurs? - Eximinator23

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7 Skorpiovenator

Why do central Asian (and North American) dino-birds get all the coolest names? Khaan is Mongolian for "lord," as you might already have guessed from the famous Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan (not to mention KHAN! From Star Trek II). Ironically, though, Khaan wasn't all that big or fierce, only measuring about four feet from head to tail and weighing 30 pounds. - Eximinator23

8 Stygimoloch

The difficult-to-pronounce Stygimoloch hovers uneasily on the line dividing the best and worst dinosaur names. What puts this pachycephalosaur, or "thick-headed lizard," in the former category is that its name translates roughly as "horned demon from the river of hell," a reference to the vaguely satanic appearance of its skull. (PS, some paleontologists insist Stygimoloch was a growth stage of Pachycephalosaurus.) - Eximinator23

9 Supersaurus

With a name like Supersaurus, you'd think this 50-ton sauropod of the late Jurassic period liked to prance around in a cape and tights and tackle evildoers. Ironically, though, this "super lizard" was far from the biggest plant-eater of its breed; some of the titanosaurs that succeeded it weighed more than 100 tons, consigning Supersaurus to relative sidekick status. - Eximinator23

10 Tyrannotitan

Sometimes, the "wow factor" of a dinosaur's name is inversely proportional to the amount we know about it. Tyrannotitan wasn't a true tyrannosaur, but a large theropod of middle Cretaceous South America that was closely related to Giganotosaurus; beyond that, though, it's fairly obscure (which makes it similar to another controversial dinosaur on this list, Raptorex). - Eximinator23

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The Contenders

11 Dracorex Dracorex Dracorex is a dinosaur genus of the family Pachycephalosauridae, from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
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