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Spinosaurus

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Spinosaurus is only known from fragmentary remains. Size estimates range up to 18m, which would make it the longest meat eater, although more slender than T. rex or Giganotosaurus.

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Pronounced
SPINE-oh-SORE-us
Meaning of name
thorn lizard
Length
  18m
Weight
4000kg
Teeth
flat and blade-like
Diet
carnivorous
Food
fish and maybe other dinosaurs
How it moved
on 2 legs
When it lived
Late Cretaceous
(95 - 70 million years ago)
Found in
Egypt, Morocco

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Spinosauroidea, Spinosauridae, Spinosaurinae, Spinosaurus
Named by
Stromer (1915)
Type species
aegyptiacus