VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #9
Spinosaurus dinosaur facts VR 360 video education
The next video in the VR Jurassic Encyclopedia series is now available on youtube. In this video, we bring you new and unknown facts about the dinosaur that is Spinosaurus.
Spinosaurus was a dinosaur that lived about 99 to 93.5 million years ago, that is, in the period from the Cenomanian to the late Cretaceous, and lived in what is now North Africa.
In 1912, the remains of a Spinosaurus were first discovered in western Egypt. Unfortunately, the remains did not survive due to the later World War II during which the remains were destroyed. Subsequently, in 1996, in Kem Kem Beds in Morocco, further holotypic fossils were found and were described as subspecies of Spinosaurus. Then, in 1998, another Spinosaurus fossil consisting of a partial snout and teeth was found. Further fossils were found at Chenini in Tunisia and Echkar in Niger in the years 2002-2007.
Spinosaurus was considered one of the largest theropods due to the fact that its length was from 11 to even 18 meters. The weight of this dinosaur oscillated between 4 and even 21 tons. The features that distinguished this dinosaur were a narrow mouth filled with straight conical teeth that lacked serrations. Additionally, it had very high nerve spines on the hind vertebrae which formed the basis of the animal’s “sail”. It is speculated that the animal’s sail was to serve as thermoregulation in the same way as in the case of Dimetrodon.
To date, it has not been confirmed whether Spinosaurus was a land predator or a fish–eater. His elongated jaws, conical teeth, and raised nostrils indicate that he may have been a fish-eater. However, it is speculated that the animal led a semi-aquatic lifestyle and hunted both on land and in water. Studies have shown that Spinosaurus could not submerge in water and only hunted in shallow water.
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