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Altispinax
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
Allo-claw1.jpg
An artist's illustration of Altispinax dunkeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Genus: Altispinax
von Huene, 1923
Species: A. dunkeri
Binomial name
Altispinax dunkeri
von Huene, 1923
Synonyms
  • Becklespinax altispinax (Marsh, 1878)
  • Acrocanthosaurus altispinax (Paul, 1988)
  • Altispinax altispinax (Paul, 1988)
  • Altispinax lydekkerhueneorum (Pickering, 1995)

Altispinax (with high spines) is a dubious genus of large predatory dinosaur from the early Cretaceous in what is now Germany.

Description

Altispinax is only known from a single tooth though multiple fragmentary pieces show it to have a sail

it was traditionally thought to be a spinosaurid or megalosaurid it is now thought to be similar to Acrocanthosaurus although most is unknown about the Altispinax as the only reliable fossil is the original tooth

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