Life image of Eustreptospondylus
- United Kingdom ( Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire )
- Eustreptospondylus Oxoniensis
Eustreptospondylus ("good curved vortex " ) was a theropod dinosaur genus within the Megalosauridae. The to about seven meters long animal lived in what is now England during the Middle Jurassic ( " Dogger "). It was found a complete skeleton near Oxford, so is Eustreptospondylus the best-preserved find of a theropod in Europe dar.
For a long time been associated with his remains like that of many other European theropods of the Jurassic period of the genus Megalosaurus. A revision was made by Alick Walker, who set up a separate genus due to anatomical differences. The name previously used for the remains of this animal Streptospondylus however, had been already assigned to another genus, which was originally regarded as a crocodile, whose species but probably belong to various other taxa. Hence the name Eustreptospondylus was chosen.