#7 Acrocanthosaurus atokensis

#7 SEED IN THE FOSSIL CRATES 2020 CHEW-LY CHOMPIONSHIP

 Acrocanthosaurus atokensis - “High-spined Lizard from Atoka”

Family: Carcharodontosauridae

From: United States, North America

Lived: 100 m.y.a., in the Early Cretaceous

Named: Stovall and Langston 1950

 

Fight Day Stats

38’ 3" long (11.6 m)

Weighed in at 7 tons (14,289 lbs, 6,481  kg)

Bio

Acrocanthosaurus had one of the best “back sails” this side of Spinosaurus (thus its name of "high-spined lizard").  What the sail was used for is unknown, we prefer to think it provided extra muscle attachment, making it even more powerful!  The skull is over 4’ long and has nearly 70 teeth, however, it wasn’t built for “bone-crushing” power but rather for “rip a chunk of flesh and hold on”.  Its arms were powerful enough to grasp and hold prey, in fact, they fold inwards seemingly for this purpose!  As the State Dinosaur of Oklahoma Acrocanthosaurus has a special grudge against Saurophaganax, the State Fossil of Oklahoma.

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