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Becklespinax is a theropod dinosaur that was found in the destroyed city of Extinction. There were considered as strange dinosaurs. They are often get related to the Altispinax species, but Becklespinax has evolved over the years due to various external elements and got its own name. Becklespinax is a laid-back dinosaur predator which usually tolerated many animals who hindered or dare to come inside its territory and invade the personal space of this dinosaur. Becklespinax rarely hunt. There is no doubt Becklespinax Altispinax were closely related. In the year 1923, Von Huene made an individual genus for Megalosaurus dunkeri. Becklespinax had long neural spines on the back which is very similar to the popular dinosaur form Africa-Spinosaurus. There has been a lot of confusion because of the tall neural spines of this dinosaur. In the year 1991, George Olshevsky named the fossils as a sinraptorid‭ (‬allosauroid theropods that are similar to Sinraptor‭) ‬and later created an individual new genus name of Becklespinax to honor Samuel Beckles, the fossil collector who discovered the vertebrae in the year 1884.

Here you can learn more about the Rahonavis and Altispinax and get a good insight.

Fun Becklespinax Facts For Kids

What did they prey on?

Animal diet

What did they eat?


Average litter size?


How much did they weigh?

1 ton (907.18 kg)

How long were they?

26 ft (8 m)

How tall were they?

9.84 ft (3 m)

What did they look like?

Dark brownish

Skin Type

Hard skin

What were their main threats?

Natural disasters

Where were they found?












Scientific Name

Altispinax dunkeri

How scary were they?


How loud were they?


How intelligent were they?


Becklespinax Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Becklespinax'

It can be pronounced as 'beck-el-spy-nax'. Becklespinax had long neural spines on the back which is very similar to the popular dinosaur form Africa-Spinosaurus.

What type of dinosaur was a Becklespinax?

Becklespinax was a therapod dinosaur found only in Sussex, England a carnivore only a tooth was found and scientists found the tooth as of Acrocanthosaurus Altispinax was based on undiagnostic.

In which geological period did the Becklespinax roam the earth?

Becklespinax is a genus of big carnivorous theropod dinosaurs from the Early Cretaceous era, 133-140 million years old, in what's now the Wadhurst clay deposit in east Sussex, England.

When did the Becklespinax become extinct?

The theropod Becklespinax became extinct around 140-133 million years ago. Only one Becklespinax specimen is found by paleontologists to this date. They were 26 ft (8 m) in length. Becklespinax had long neural spines on the back which is very similar to the popular dinosaur form Africa-Spinosaurus.

Where did a Becklespinax live?

Becklespinax lived in a terrestrial habitat in Sussex, England and it was one of its kind dinosaurs.

What was a Becklespinax's habitat?

These animals lived in terrestrial habitats which provides them with plenty of food, water and sheltered them from gigantic dinosaurs.

Who did a Becklespinax live with?

The bones of Becklespinax are one of the earliest spate of dinosaur discoveries in England before anyone really understood how many dinosaurs there were and how widely they varied in form. It is very difficult to say whether they live in packs or on their own.

How long did a Becklespinax live?

It is believed that the overall community of theropods lived for about 100 years, but the exact time range of Becklespinax is not known yet. They lived in the early cretaceous period 133-140 million years ago.

How did they reproduce?

There is not much information available on the reproduction pattern of these theropods but they lay eggs and didn't have any parental care for the growing age. They were 26 ft (8 m) in length.

Becklespinax Fun Facts

What did a Becklespinax look like?

Becklespinax had long neural spines on the back which is very similar to the popular dinosaur form Africa-Spinosaurus. These neural spines were the reason this dinosaur was able to walk. In the absence of these, it could have become paralyzed, after some time, even dead also. But, now also there is no clarity about the actual material they were made up of in the body of a dinosaur. This type of sail may be found in contemporary bison. This colorful, sail-backed theropod was a formidable predator. The dinosaur's fragmented bones have a complex past that has only just been emphasized by the discovery of a more fully known cousin of Altispinax.

Predatory Becklespinax had long neural spines on the back which is very similar to the popular dinosaur form Africa-Spinosaurus.
*We've been unable to source an image of Becklespinax and have used an image of Humped Megalosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Becklespinax, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].

How many bones did a Becklespinax have?

For over a century and a half, scientists have been confused by the sail-backed carnivore Becklespinax. There is no evidence of how many bones it has.

How did they communicate?

There is not much information available on the communication methods of this dinosaur. Dinosaurs used to communicate verbally by producing many loud sounds for their mates.

How big was a Becklespinax?

Typically about the size of Megalosaurus (M. bucklandi), with a length, around 26 ft (8 m), and 9.84 ft (3 m) the tall neural processes on the vertebrae indicate some sort of ridge or sail-like structure running down the animal's back.

How fast could a Becklespinax move?

There is no particular knowledge about how fast this dinosaur can move.

How much did a Becklespinax weigh?

The weight of this giant dinosaur of the Early Cretaceous period was 1 ton (907.18 kg). The Becklespinax roaring was of smaller size than that of Zigongosaurus.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for the male and the female of this dinosaur.

What would you call a baby Becklespinax?

The baby of this dinosaur does not have any particular name to get called by. They were called 'baby Becklepinax dinosaurs'.

What did they eat?

The diet of this dinosaur was purely carnivorous. They were meat-eating animals and prey on small mammals and lizards and more as part of their diet.

How aggressive were they?

There are not many pieces of evidence of these dinosaur genus showing aggressive behavior.

Did you know...

The hump which the Becklespinax dinosaur had on the area of its lower back was used to use for thermoregulation or to store the fat.

Becklespinax and Concavenator were have often been compared and even some scientists are of the opinion that these both species might be of the same genera.

Becklespinax vs. Altispinax

Both Becklespinax and Altispinax were large theropod dinosaurs from the early cretaceous period. The specimen of these two was found in Sussex, England. Actually, Altispinax Altispinax was discovered first if we compare it to the Becklespinax fossil, and after some years, it was officially synonymized with Bec. And that made a new name for the species called Becklespinax Altispinax. But even today also, some paleontologists are of the opinion that Altispinax wasn't a Becklespinax species, but an Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur.

How was the Becklespinax discovered?

In the early 1850s, a specimen collector named Samuel Husbands Beckles discovered a few nodules together with dinosaur bones in a quarry near Battle, East Sussex. The fossils which he found were later sent to paleontologist Richard Owen, who later reported these fossils in the year 1856. Richard Owen's primary specimen, a set of three back vertebrae with some tall spines, was lithographed by Joseph Dinkel. By referring to the species of Megalosaurus bucklandii, Owen thought that the shoulder region has vertebrae as a part of itself and it is believed that he might be having an idea about it already in the year 1853 as Owen helped Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins to place a hump on the top back portion of his large Megalosaurus sculpture at Crystal Palace Park, that eventually influenced or led numerous additional Megalosaurus restorations.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other dinosaurs from our Heterodontosaurus facts and Atrociraptor fun facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Becklepinax dinosaur coloring pages.

*The first image was taken by Ghedoghedo.

*We've been unable to source an image of Becklespinax and have used an image of Arizonasaurus instead as the main image. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Becklespinax, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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Nidhi Sahai

Nidhi is a professional content writer who has been associated with leading organizations, such as Network 18 Media and Investment Ltd., giving the right direction to her ever-curious nature and rational approach. She decided to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communication, which she proficiently completed in 2021. She got acquainted with video journalism during graduation and started as a freelance videographer for her college. Moreover, she has been a part of volunteer work and events throughout her academic career life. Now, you can find her working for the content development team at Kidadl, giving her valuable input and producing excellent articles for our readers.

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