Gojirasaurus was discovered in 1981 in the Cooper Canyon Formation in New Mexico. Experts place this dinosaur in the Late Triassic Period, approximately 228 million years ago. Its name translates to “Godzilla lizard.” Gojirasaurus was named after the movie character Godzilla; a giant lizard made famous in Japanese movies.
Gojirasaurus is known for being one of the Triassic Period’s largest meat-eaters. It stretched more than eighteen feet long and weighed up to 440 pounds. Many scientists believe that the Gojirasaurus fossils that have been found actually are immature bones of other species, but this dinosaur deserves its own classification.