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Allosaurus is an extinct large carnivorous genus of theropod dinosaurs, who lived in the United States and Europe during the Late Jurassic Period.
After its discovery, Allosaurus remained extremely popular for a long time, appearing in numerous films and books. Two of its the most famous appearances include appearances in The Lost World (1925) and King Kong (1933). He is usually depicted as a fast and dangerous predator, as he was in real life.
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The name "Allosaurus" means "different lizard" and is a combination of two Greek words — ἄλλος (allos, meaning "different") and σαῦρος (sauros, meaning "lizard").
The theropod dinosaur from the 1933 film King Kong wasn't named onscreen, although it was called simply a "Meat-Eater" in the screenplay and 1932 novelization as well. Though Willis O'Brien referred to the Meat-Eater as a Tyrannosaurus, Merian C. Cooper called it an Allosaurus. The Meat-Eater was also referred to as simply an allosaur in Russell Blackford's 2005 sequel to the original novelization, which means that, although he may not be an Allosaurus, he is a member of the clade Allosauridae.