Carnosaur tribute by isla nublar crew
Altispinax dunkeri
General information
Name meaning "with high spines"
Time period Early Cretaceous (137 mya)
Location England
Diet Carnivore
Height N/A (Carnosaur)
TBA (Reality)
Weight N/A (Carnosaur)
TBA (Reality)
Media Statistics
Novel canon appearances Carnosaur (1984)
Movie canon appearances

Altispinax (meaning "with high spines") is a dubious genus of large predatory theropod 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.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Altispinax



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 information about this dinosaur. After it´s escape, it killed a local farmer and his cattle and was killed by a army helicopter.


  • In the novel, Altispinax is described as a quadrupedal dinosaur, in realty it was a bipedal like all theropods in the novel. It is possibly that the author might of mistaken Altispinax for the pelycosaur Dimetrodon.

Trivia not relevant for the Carnosaur seriesEdit