The Acrocanthosaurus was a very large theropod that lived during the Lower Cretaceous Period, approximately 115 to 105 million years ago. This dinosaur belonged to the Carcharodontosauridae family, which consists of other carnivorous theropod dinosaurs.
|Acrocanthosaurus pronunciation||The name Acrocanthosaurus can be pronounced as “ah-kroh-kan-tho-SORE-us”.|
|What does Acrocanthosaurus mean?||The name Acrocanthosaurus was derived from Greek and when translated, means “high-spined lizard”.|
|On the menu||Carnivore|
|Length||38 feet (11.5 meters)|
|Height||16 feet (4.8 meters)|
|Weight||12.000 to 16,000 lbs (5 – 7 tons)|
|Life expectancy||70-80 years|
|Legs used to get around||Bipedal|
|Estimated top speed||25 mph (40.2 kph).|
|When they lived||Lower Cretaceous 115-105 million years ago.|
|Where they have been found?||Atoka, Oklahoma|
When & Where
To this day, the first fossils of the Acrocanthosaurus were found in 1940 by paleontologists J. Willis Stovall and Wann Langston, Jr near the location of Atoka, Oklahoma. The other remains of this dinosaur were found in Utah, Texas, and in Maryland.
Size & Weight
With relatives like the Carcharodontosaurus and the Giganotosaurus, the Acrocanthosaurus was large enough during its time. This dinosaur reached 4.8 meters (16 feet) in height, 11.5 meters (38 feet) in length, and was as heavy as 6.3-8 tons (12,600 to 16,000 lbs) in weight. There was no doubt that this dinosaur was enormous as well.
Mobility & Diet
Being one of the large dinosaurs during the Early Cretaceous Period, studies suggest that the Acrocanthosaurus was carnivorous and may have fed off smaller sauropods, hadrosaurs, and other small dinosaurs.
- There are only 7 different specimens that have been found by scientists and paleontologists.
- The most unique point about the Acrocanthosaurus was its long spine that runs from the neck until the tip of the tail. There were also different theories as to what purpose the spine do, if it helped the dinosaur in terms of health, or if it was only for a form of visual representation.