Fun Veterupristisaurus Facts For Kids

Ayan Banerjee
Nov 29, 2022 By Ayan Banerjee
Originally Published on Sep 23, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sonali Rawat
Veterupristisaurus facts include that they are the only holotype species of the Cretaceous period. The name means 'old shark lizard'
Age: 3-18
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Veterupristisaurus is a holotype dinosaur of theropod species from the Mesozoic era or middle life of the late Jurassic. It is from the kingdom Animalia, phylum Chordata, class reptiles, family Carcharodontosauridae, genus Veterupristisaurus and scientific name as Veterupristisaurus milneri. Oliver W. M. Rauhut named them in 2011, as the name suggests, 'Old Shark Lizard'. Although the specific name was given by the paleontologist Angela C. Milner. It alludes to the fact that it is the oldest known member of the carcharodontosaurids. The Cretaceous period in the Mesozoic era marks the main population of the dinosaurs of this species. Being the third and the final as well as the longest species of this era, this period is dominated by the dinosaurs as well as other various reptiles. The end of this era eventually brings an end to this species as well.

The specimen or fossil remains of this species was collected from Tendaguru formation from the eastern side of Africa and Tanzania which dated back to Kimmeridgian and Tithonian stage of late Jurassic. The specimen which was studied mainly included the middle caudal vertebra and few bones. They mainly use the rear limbs or legs for their movement or locomotion and are hence considered bipedal animals. The overall length of the dinosaur is around 28-33 ft (8.5-10 m) long, based on the length of the holotype vertebra, which is about 4.8 in (123 mm). The holotype vertebrae have a length of about 4.8 in (123 mm). The above structural dimensions were determined by the teeth specimen recovered from the Tendaguru formation in Tanzania. This Veterupristisaurus skeleton is similar to the Acrocanthosaurus under the Carcharodontosaurid during the Cretaceous period, the remains of both specimens were found in Tanzania and date back to the Kimmeridgian stage.

This species comes under the carcharodontosaurid which is defined as the group of carnivores theropod dinosaurs. The dinosaur of this species are carnivorous in nature hence feeds on the flesh of other small animals. The dinosaur is usually believed to have stayed or traveled in groups along with other dinosaurs and never stayed solitary. A Veterupristisaurus rampage is usually seen when the dinosaur become aggressive in order to protect their territory while fighting with another dinosaur, also during a break-out of natural disaster especially forest fire and many more, can cause their change in behavior. The natural disasters, as well as structural changes of Earth, have also been a major cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs from the face of the world. For more facts do check out dinosaur facts and also read about komodo dragons.

Veterupristisaurus Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Veterupristisaurus'?

The word 'Veterupristisaurus' is pronounced as 'Vet-er-u-pris-ti-sau-rus'.

What type of dinosaur was a Veterupristisaurus?

It is an exterminated specimen of a carcharodontosaurid theropod dinosaur, which means a group of carnivorous theropod dinosaurs having holotype bones and three-toed limbs.

In which geological period did the Veterupristisaurus roam the earth?

They roamed the earth in the Mesozoic Era or middle life of late Jurassic where the superiority of archosaurian reptiles, such as dinosaurs is known, and hence, this era is also called the age of reptiles. The Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods form the second last epoch of Earth's geological history, which lasted around 66-252 million years ago.

When did the Veterupristisaurus become extinct?

They become extinct about 65 million years ago most probably, at the end of the Cretaceous period due to natural disasters and successive changes in the Earth's atmospheric conditions.

Where did a Veterupristisaurus live?

A Veterupristisaurus lived in Africa, south-eastern Tanzania during the late Jurassic which source back to the Jurassic of Tendaguru.

What was a Veterupristisaurus' habitat?

A Veterupristisaurus named by Rauhut, has a habitat including grasslands along with densely vegetated swamps, lakes, and rivers.

Who did a Veterupristisaurus live with?

A Veterupristisaurus usually prefers living in groups and never witnessed as solitary therapod as divulged by fossil remains which comprise of a large number of bones found together.

How long did a Veterupristisaurus live?

This theropod species have lived 150-154 million years ago and the holotype was gathered from Tendaguru formation which dated back to the late Jurassic stage of Kimmeridgian and Tithonian.

How did they reproduce?

The vertebrae of this genus from the Jurassic undergo sexual reproduction. The male and the female species undergo copulation or mating which resulted in the formation of eggs inside the female's body since this genus is considered oviparous or the species laying eggs. After the egg has undergone a stipulated growth, it is laid by the female vertebrae on large nests for the egg to grow further and then hatch out itself.

Veterupristisaurus Fun Facts

What did a Veterupristisaurus look like?

The Veterupristisaurus wildlife mainly uses the rear limbs for its movement and is a bipedal animal. The overall length of the dinosaur is around 28-33 ft (8.5-10 m) long, based on the length of the holotype vertebra, which is about 4.8 in (123 mm). The holotype vertebrae have a length of 4.8 in (123 mm). The dimensions were determined by the teeth and middle isolated caudal vertebra specimen recovered from the Tendaguru formation in Tanzania.

As the name of Veterupristisaurus, old shark lizards, was given by Oliver W.\u202d \u202cM. Rauhut in 2011. It is believed that old shark are the descendants of dinosaurs.
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How many bones did a Veterupristisaurus have?

A holotype dinosaur of this species has approximately 200 bones and more.

How did they communicate?

Through the research reported by paleontologists, a theropod dinosaur communicated in two ways as vocally and verbally. The vocal tones include hissing, splashing of water, clenching jaws, rubbing scales together, and many more. The vocal grunt tome and verbal displays were also used to defend or protect territory.

How big was a Veterupristisaurus?

A Veterupristisaurus size was around 28-33 ft (8.5-10 m) long, based on the length of the middle holotype vertebra, which is about 4.8 in (123 mm) and which is revealed with the help of the fossil teeth remains from Tendaguru formation. It is about 10 times larger than an elephant and an Asiatic lion.

How fast could a Veterupristisaurus move?

The average moving speed of the theropod dinosaur is about 23-55 mph (37-88 kph).

How much did a Veterupristisaurus weigh?

A Veterupristisaurus was about 6.4 t (6502.7 kg) in weight.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There is no specific evidence to prove a distinction between the male and female species of the dinosaur.

What would you call a baby Veterupristisaurus?

There is no particular name given to baby dinosaurs of this species since no tendaguru formation remains suggests the fossils of a baby Veterupristisaurus.

What did they eat?

These vertebrae being carnivorous in nature feeds only on the flesh of animals and usually feeds on small animals like mammals, and also eggs of other animals.

How aggressive were they?

Yes, these vertebrae are quite aggressive in nature and often indulged in conflict with each other.

Did you know...

This species is almost similar to Acrocanthosaurus in structural such as length, height, and weight as well as behavioral features.

What does the name 'Veterupristisaurus' mean?

The name of this dinosaur means 'old shark lizard'. It is a type of shark-toothed lizard. It was named by Oliver W. M. Rauhut in 2011.

What continent did the Veterupristisaurus live on?

The theropod dinosaur lived on the continent of Africa, they were the sole inhabitants of the place.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these Acrocanthosaurus facts, or Linheraptor facts for kids pages.

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

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Veterupristisaurus Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Small animals

what Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


What Did They Look Like?


How Much Did They Weigh?

6.4 t (6502.7 kg)

Skin Type

Bumpy skin

How Long Were They?

28-33 ft (8.5-10 m)

How Tall Were They?










Scientific Name

Veterupristisaurus milneri

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Grass plains

Where Did They Live?

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Written by Ayan Banerjee

Bachelor of Science specializing in Nautical Science

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Ayan BanerjeeBachelor of Science specializing in Nautical Science

Thanks to his degree in nautical science from T.S. Chanakya, IMU Navi Mumbai Campus, Ayan excels at producing high-quality content across a range of genres, with a strong foundation in technical writing. Ayan's contributions as an esteemed member of the editorial board of The Indian Cadet magazine and a valued member of the Chanakya Literary Committee showcase his writing skills. In his free time, Ayan stays active through sports such as badminton, table tennis, trekking, and running marathons. His passion for travel and music also inspire his writing, providing valuable insights.

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