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Acrocanthosaurus is an extinct genus of carcharodontosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in North America during the Early Cretaceous period, with a particularly tall spine column, giving it a similar appearance to the spinosaurids of the same time period and even to the point where people believed it was a spinosaurid. Unlike spinosaurids, who were riverine hunters with semi-aquatic hunting behaviors, Acrocanthosaurus was a heavily built predator that preferred slow moving prey and carrion over other meat. The footprints of Acrocanthosaurus can be seen publicly in Glen Rose, Texas. A complete skeleton is on display in Idabel, Oklahoma. Acrocanthosaurus was once classified as a spinosaurid, but it was reclassified as a carcharodontosaurid. Though most paleontologists agree the bone structure on Acrocanthosaurus's back supported a sail, some theorize it was a hump of fat like that of a camel. Acrocanthosaurus gained fame for hunting large sauropods like Astrodon and Sauroposeidon alone. To back this theory up there are footprints of a Acrocanthosaurus right along side of an Astrodons footprints.


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Jurassic Park franchise[]

Acrocanthosaurus is one of the many dinosaurs that appeared in the browsing section of Dinopedia in the Jurassic Park Institute.

History[]

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous[]

Acrocanthosaurus was featured in early conpect art of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.[1] Acrocanthosaurus was one of the candidate creatures for a companion that the campers would have. This role would ultimately go to Bumpy the Ankylosaurus in the final product.

Trivia[]

  • The Acrocanthosaurus in JP: OG looks similar to the one in the card game/anime Dinosaur King.
  • Despite its favorite prey being Parasaurolophus in JP: OG, the two species lived in different stages of the Cretaceous and never encountered each other.
  • The base color for the Acrocanthosaurus in JW: E bears a close resemblance to the color pattern of the T. rex, known as "Mama Scarface", featured in the 2008 Turok video game.

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