A Picture of a Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus Facts

  • Species Type: Spinosaurus aegyptiacus
  • Type of Dinosaur: Theropod
  • Period: Cretaceous
  • Diet: Meat (carnivorous)
  • Life Span: 30 years (roughly)
  • Length: 41 to 59 feet
  • Weight: 7 to 23 tons

15 Spinosaurus Facts for Kids

  1. The Spinosaurus was discovered in 1912 by Ernst Stromer in Egypt.
  2. The name Spinosaurus means: Spine Lizard.
  3. The name Spinosaurus is pronounced: "SPY-nuh-SAWR-us".
  4. The Spinosaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as theropods.
  5. The Spinosaurus lived during the Cretaceous period about 93 to 112 million years ago.
  6. The Spinosaurus roamed North Africa based on where fossilized skeletons have been discovered.
  7. Estimates put the weight of a Spinosaurus between 7 and 23 tons.
  8. Estimates put the length of a Spinosaurus between 41 and 59 feet.
  9. The Spinosaurus was a carnivorous predator who ate meat.
  10. The Spinosaurus was an apex predator of its time.
  11. The Spinosaurus is the largest carnivorous dinosaur known to exist.
  12. Some paleontologists believe the sail on the back of a Spinosaurus was to help it regulate its body temperature.
  13. Some paleontologists believe the Spinosaurus was able to swim.
  14. The original fossilized bones of a Spinosaurus found by Ernst Stromer were destroyed in 1944 by Allied bombing during World War 2.
  15. The Jurassic Park 3 movie featured the Spinosaurus.

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