|Liliensternus liliensterni life reconstruction by Christopher DiPiazza.|
Liliensternus is known from only two individual skeletons, both of which are fragmentary, but it can be determined that it is closely related to the much better known Coelophysis and Dilophosaurus. Even though only parts of Liliensternus' skull have actually been unearthed, it is often depicted in paleo-art as having crests. These crests, however, are just speculation and are inspired by actual crests present on the skulls of other related dinosaurs like Dilophosaurus. It was a lightly built animal and most of its length is thanks to its neck and tail.
|Skeletal mount of Liliensternus at the Museum of Natural Science in Stuttgart, Germany. A lot of these bones were made based on guesswork.|
Liliensternus is one of the dinosaurs featured in the live play, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience, based on the hit 1999 BBC series, Walking With Dinosaurs. It never actually was featured in the original television show, however.
|Liliensternus costume featured in the Walking With Dinosaurs live show.|
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