Irritator

Irritator

Pronunciation:
irr-it-ate-or
Name meaning:
'irritator'
Irritator
Dinosaur description:
6.5m-long
large theropod
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Diet:
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Country:
Brazil
Period:
Early Cretaceous, 112-99 million years ago

Irritator was quite like Spinosaurus. It is known only from a skull, so the sail is a guess.

The type species, Irritator challengeri was named after Professor Challenger from Arthur Conan Doyle's novel 'The Lost World', published in 1912.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Spinosauroidea, Spinosauridae, Spinosaurinae
Named by:
Martill, Cruickshank, Frey, Small and Clarke (1996)
Type species:
challengeri
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