|“||Large dinosaurs are rare in Europe and at five meters from nose to tail, Eustreptospondylus is the biggest.||„|
|— Allen, about Eustreptospondylus|
Eustreptospondylus (name meaning "True Sterptospondylus") was a carnivorous, medium-sized, megalosaurid dinosaur, about 5 meters long, that originated during the Middle to Late Jurassic Period in Europe.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Eustreptospondylus lived during the Middle to Late Jurassic Period from 165–145 million years ago. They were first discovered in 1840 in Europe.
Eustreptospondylus was a medium-sized theropod, or carnivorous dinosaur, that stood 5–8 feet (1.6–2.5 m) tall, measured 16.5–23 feet (5–7 m) in length, and weighing around 1 ton (2,000 lbs.). This makes Eustreptospondylus the largest carnivorous dinosaur in their environment, even though large dinosaurs were rare in their location. Eustreptospondylus was also a member of the Megalosauroidea superfamily, which contains relatives to the famous Megalosaurus.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Eustreptospondylus was often a solitary hunter, but when feeding off something large, like a beached Liopleurodon, they would get together in groups. These dinosaurs were also primarily scavengers, combing the beaches for dead and dying animals, such as small and medium sea animals, lizards, and pterosaurs that lived on the islands.
However, for them, living on such small islands, they were always under pressure to find more carrion. When these dinosaurs came into confrontations, in the end, it was the loudest roar that won.