Eustreptospondylus

Eustreptospondylus oxoniensis

  • Pronounced:  u-Strep-toe-spon-Di-lus

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Well Reversed Spine"

  • Length:  25 - 30 feet (7 - 9 m)

  • Height:  10 - 14 feet (3 - 4.5 m)

  • Weight:  1 - 2 tons(900 - 1,800 kilos)

  • Time:  Jurassic

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Northern Europe

This was a curious carnivore (meat-eater) from the Jurassic Period. The only fossils of it that scientists have to study are those of a teenage version of the dinosaur. It is one of those dinosaurs that there is just enough of the fossil to get a pretty good idea of what it looked like, but enough is missing to keep the experts guessing as to its exact look.

It is possible that it is related to the Allosaurus  or Megalosaurus  because it had similar characteristics, but it currently still occupies its own genus. The original specimens, described in 1841 by Richard Owen, have been lost so there is nothing with which to compare it. Specimens found in northern France are also possibly members of the genus, but have yet to be positively identified. The type specimen was a sub-adult and as such further hinders the classification efforts.



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