Metriacanthosaurus
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Metriacanthosaurus
  • Name Meaning: “Moderately-Spined Lizard”
  • Habitat: England, Europe
  • Length: 26 ft8m
  • Weight: 1 ton2,000 kg
  • Stance: Biped
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Age: Mid-Jurassic

A fleet-footed carnosaur, Metriacanthosaurus is named for its distinctively spined vertebrae. It once stalked the ancient Jurassic plains, feeding on other dinosaurs.

Fossil imagery courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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Metriacanthosaurus is a theropod, which is Greek for “beast foot.”


Size Chart

Tyrannosaurus rex 40′ long × 16′ tall12m long × 5m tall Apatosaurus 75′ long × 15′ tall23m long × 5m tall Suchomimus 32′ long × 14′ tall10m long × 4m tall Triceratops 30′ long × 10′ tall9m long × 3m tall Edmontosaurus 42′ long × 10′ tall13m long × 3m tall Gallimimus 26′ long × 9′ tall8m long × 3m tall Stegosaurus 30′ long × 9′ tall9m long × 3m tall Parasaurolophus 40′ long × 9′ tall12m long × 3m tall Baryonyx 33′ long × 8′ tall10m long × 3m tall Metriacanthosaurus 24′ long × 6′ tall7m long × 2m tall Ankylosaurus 25′ long × 6′ tall8m long × 2m tall Velociraptor 13′ long × 6′ tall4m long × 2m tall Pachycephalosaurus 16′ long × 6′ tall5m long × 2m tall Microceratus 3′ long × 1′ tall1m long × 0.3m tall Mosasaurus 60′ long 18m long Pteranodon 25′ long8m long Dimorphodon 5′ long1.5m long Tyrannosaurus rex 40′ long × 16′ tall12m long × 5m tall Apatosaurus 75′ long × 15′ tall23m long × 5m tall Suchomimus 32′ long × 14′ tall10m long × 4m tall Triceratops 30′ long × 10′ tall9m long × 3m tall Edmontosaurus 42′ long × 10′ tall13m long × 3m tall Gallimimus 26′ long × 9′ tall8m long × 3m tall Stegosaurus 30′ long × 9′ tall9m long × 3m tall Parasaurolophus 40′ long × 9′ tall12m long × 3m tall Baryonyx 33′ long × 8′ tall10m long × 3m tall Metriacanthosaurus 24′ long × 6′ tall7m long × 2m tall Ankylosaurus 25′ long × 6′ tall8m long × 2m tall Velociraptor 13′ long × 6′ tall4m long × 2m tall Pachycephalosaurus 16′ long × 6′ tall5m long × 2m tall Microceratus 3′ long × 1′ tall1m long × 0.3m tall Mosasaurus 60′ long 18m long Pteranodon 25′ long8m long Dimorphodon 5′ long1.5m long
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