Becklespinax

 

  • Pronounced:  beck-ell-Spy-nax

  • Diet:  Carnivore (meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Beckle's Spined"

  • Length:  26 ft. (8 m)

  • Height:  9 ft. (3 m)

  • Weight:  1 ton (900 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 128 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Becklespinax was a large meat eater from England that has caused much confusion among scientists. It was discovered way back in 1884 and has had several names since then. Unfortunately, very little of this dinosaur has been found, which only helps make things confusing. One thing that is known is that it had fairly tall spines on its back, which may have made it look like the North American dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus  However, it is not thought that they were actually related.

An interesting story associated with this dinosaur, although it can't be proven, is that Sir Richard Owen had the tall neural spines of this dinosaur when he was providing direction to Waterhouse Hawkins on how to design his sculptures. The famous Crystal Palace dinosaur sculptures, which still stand today in London, include what is known as the "Humpbacked Megalosaurus". This humped feature may be a result of Owen's interpretation that these neural spines belonged to Megalosaurus  as was believed in an early assignment of the specimen.



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