“Let me introduce you to the Metriacanthosaurus. Say that fast three times. This is another alpha predator that while not as big as some of his cousins tend to stand more upright so I guess it has good posture while it’s tearing you to shreds.”
— Owen Grady
Metriacanthosaurus is an extinct genus of large meat-eater that lived in Northern Europe near the end of the Jurassic Period. This carnivore was fairly typical of Jurassic theropods. Metriacanthosaurus gets its name for its backbones, which have spines on top that are taller than in many meat-eaters (such as Allosaurus or Tyrannosaurus) but much smaller than those of Spinosaurus.
At one time Metriacanthosaurus was thought to be the same as Megalosaurus, but later studies showed that it was different enough to give it a new name. It actually took nearly forty years to distinguish Metriacanthosaurus from Megalosaurus.
Because so little is known about this dinosaur, any pictures of it or speculation on its habits are based on comparisons with meat-eating dinosaurs of which we have more complete skeletons.
Jurassic World ROARIVORES Metriacanthosaurus DNA Scan Code
1.9 meters at hips
1.1 tons (2,204 lbs)