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Say hello to: SPINOSAURUS

SPINOSAURUS (SPY-no-sawr-us) "Spiny Lizard" (latin spina = spiny + Greek sauros = lizard, referring to the very long SPINES on its verterae)

A large CARNOSAUR of Late Cretaceous North Africa. Spinosaurus was 40 feet (12 m) long. It had spines 6 feet (1.8 m) tall on its back. It is assumed that these spines supported a huge fanlike sail, or fin, that stretched from the middle of the neck to just behind the hips. This fin probably helped to control the body temperature of the animal. Spinosaurus had a huge head and strong TEETH. This BIPEDAL meat eater is best known from an incomplete skeleton, which unfortunately, was destroyed during World War II. Since then, however, more remains have been found.

Classification: Carnosauria, Theropoda, Saurischia