|Appeared in||Series 6|
Spinosaurus is monster #150, from Series 6 , the Dinosaurs. It had a points value of 150, and was rereleased in the Secret Skeleton Dinosaurs range. The figurine is quite an inaccurate portrayal of the genus - the real creature had a much longer, narrower skull and taller spines, and would have held its body in such a way that its head and tail (which would not have been able to coil as shown) were roughly parallel.
Spinosaurus (meaning "spine lizard") is a genus of theropod dinosaur which lived in what is now North Africa, in the Early Cretaceous period, about 106 to 93.5 million years ago. Spinosaurus was a carnivore, and possibly as a piscivore, and work its tooth enamel suggests that it was semiaquatic, living both on land and in water like a modern crocodile. The skull is long and narrow-jawed, with many small, sharp teeth, further supporting this.
The distinctive spines of Spinosaurus, which were long extensions of the backbones, grew up to at least 1.69 metres (5.5 ft) long and were likely to have had skin connecting them, forming a sail-like structure, although some authors have suggested that they were covered in muscle and formed a hump or ridge. Spinosaurus is the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs, even larger than Tyrannosaurus Rex' and Giganotosaurus. These estimates suggest that it was around 16 to 18 metres (52 to 59 ft) in length and 7 to 9 tonnes (7.7 to 9.9 short tons) in weight.
Spinosaurus is one of the more popular dinosaurs in modern pop culture due to its distinctive appearacne and size, particularly since its portrayal in the 2001 film Jurassic Park III. It was portrayed as larger and more powerful than Tyrannosaurus: in a scene depicting a battle between the two resurrected predators, Spinosaurus emerges victorious by snapping the tyrannosaur's neck. In reality, such a battle could never have taken place while the species were extant, since Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus lived thousands of kilometres and millions of years apart. It is also implausible that the Spinosaurus would best the T. rex in this way - the tyrannosaur had far more powerful jaw and neck muscles.