- Species Type: Spinosaurus aegyptiacus
- Type of Dinosaur: Theropod
- Period: Cretaceous
- Diet: Meat (carnivorous)
- Life Span: 30 years (roughly)
- Length: Between 41 to 59 feet
- Weight: Between 7 to 23 tons
19 Spinosaurus Facts for Kids
- The Spinosaurus was first discovered in 1912 in Egypt.
- The Spinosaurus was given the scientific name Spinosaurus aegyptiacus by Ernst Stromer in 1915.
- The name Spinosaurus means: “Spine Lizard”.
- The name Spinosaurus is pronounced: “SPY-nuh-SAWR-us”.
- The Spinosaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as theropods.
- The Spinosaurus lived during the Cretaceous period between 93 and 112 million years ago.
- The Spinosaurus roamed North Africa based on where fossilized skeletons have been discovered.
- Estimates put the weight of a Spinosaurus between 7 and 23 tons.
- Estimates put the length of a Spinosaurus between 41 and 59 feet.
- The skull of the Spinosaurus was over five feet in length and contained many sharp knife-like teeth.
- The Spinosaurus was a carnivorous predator who ate meat.
- The Spinosaurus was an apex predator of its time.
- The Spinosaurus is the largest carnivorous dinosaur known to exist.
- Some paleontologists believe the Spinosaurus had pressure sensors on its snout, just like an alligator, to detect potential prey moving in the water.
- Some paleontologists believe the sail on the back of a Spinosaurus was to help it regulate its body temperature.
- Some paleontologists believe the Spinosaurus was able to swim.
- The original fossilized bones of a Spinosaurus found by Ernst Stromer were destroyed in 1944 by Allied bombing during World War 2.
- The holotype specimen for the Spinosaurus is BSP 1912 VIII 19.
- The Jurassic Park 3 movie featured the Spinosaurus.
A rendering of a Spinosaurus swimming in the water.
Credit: Franco Tempesta
A rendering of a Spinosaurus on the edge of a lake.
Credit: billonel / Reddit
A rendering of a Spinosaurus eating prey it just killed.
Credit: BBC Earth / YouTube
A skeletal diagram of the Spinosaurus.
Credit: Tyler Keillor
Size comparison of the Spinosaurus.
Credit: Digit Nerd HTv / YouTube
A Spinosaurus in a museum exhibit.
Additional Resources on Spinosaurus
- Spinosaurus @ Nat Geo Kids – More information and Spinosaurus facts for kids.
- Spinosaurus @ LiveScience – More information and facts about the Spinosaurus.
- About Spinosaurus @ Fossilera – Information about Spinosaurus and fossils for sale.
- Ernst Stromer @ Wikipedia – Learn about the German Paleontologist for first described the Spinosaurus in 1915.