Metriacanthosaurus

Metriacantho-saurus

Pronunciation:
met-ree-a-kan-tho-sore-us
Name meaning:
'moderately-spined lizard'
Metriacanthosaurus
large theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
large theropod
Length:
8.2m
Diet:
carnivorous carnivorous food icon
When it lived:
Late Jurassic, 159-154 million years ago
Found in:
England, United Kingdom

Metriacanthosaurus is known only from a partial postcranial skeleton, so reconstructions are guesswork based on similar dinosaurs.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae
Named by:
Walker (1964)
Type species:
parkeri
dinosaur-shop

Dinosaur gifts

Check out the range of dinosaur toys, games, books and clothes in the Museum shop.

dippy-on-tour-hti-top-wide

Dippy on Tour

Find out the many ways you can join Dippy the Museum's famous Diplodocus cast on his natural history adventure.

t-rex-dinosaur-hti-top-wide

Dinosaurs gallery

Roarrr. Come face-to-face with some of the Museum's most famous dinosaurs.