Acrocanthosaurus was a carnivorous theropod that lived in North America during the early Cretaceous period. Skeletal remains have a very high ridge of dorsal vertebrae along the spine, from which this creature’s name is derived, meaning “high-spined lizard”.
In art, the Acrocanthosaurus is often portrayed as very similar to the Allosaurus, as it is in truth an member of the Allosauroid family. Special attention is called to its tall spinal formation, sometimes depicted as a ridge of external spikes or even a dorsal fin.
Quick facts about Acrocanthosaurus:
- Existed from 125 million years ago to 109 million years ago
- Lived in a terrestrial habitat
- Was a carnivore
- Reproduced by laying eggs
- 7 different specimens have been found by paleontologists
All the Acrocanthosaurus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore: