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Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
A restored sketch sheet 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
  • 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.


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

In the Media

  • Altispinax appears in the John Brosnan's novel Carnosaur. Like all dinosaurs in the novel, Altispinax was created by Lord Darren Penward which has found dinosaur DNA fragments in fossils and has used them as a basis for restructuring the DNA of chickens. There is almost no physical infomation about this dinosaur. After it´s escape, it killed a local farmer and his cattle and was killed by a army helicopter.