Talk:Acrocanthosaurus

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Taxobox[edit]

The group "Allosauroidea" is mentioned in the text, apparently as a supgroup of Theropoda and a supergroup of Allosauridae. Ought this not to appear in the taxobox? SpectrumDT 21:19, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

Good question. There are almost as many group names as there are species. If we put all of them in the taxobox, you would give up before you got to the end. For Acrocanthosaurus, it would be: Sauropsida(Reptilia)-Diapsida-Archosauria-Avesuchia-Avemetatarsalia-Ornithodira-Dinosauromorpha-Dinosauria-Saurischia-Theropoda-Neotheropoda-Tetanurae-Avetheropoda-Carnosauria-Allosauroidea-Carcharodontosauridae-Acrocanthosaurus-atokensis... and that is just using the most commonly referenced names, and only starting from the beginning of reptiles.

Sheep81 10:35, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Popular culture[edit]

I cut this from the main article. Originally, there were two video game appearances as well, but this seemed to be the closest to notability since the acros were major secondary characters. Keep it out?

No, don't keep it out. One of the acro's video game appearances would be in Jurassic Park:Operation Genesis and I think it's just as important as the other dinos. --Silverstag89 02:37, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
I don't think the video game appearances are important to Acrocanthosaurus... they may be important to the articles on those particular games, but what does one learn about Acrocanthosaurus by knowing it made a cameo in a video game full of dozens of dinosaur species? Is it important to the plot of the game? Dinoguy2 03:39, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
Go ahead, put a video game reference in, see what happens. Mwahahahaha... :) Sheep81 08:14, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Weight[edit]

THis link shows a more up to date acrocanthosaurus weight, although it is mainly about t-rex please look down it. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/dinosaurs/4884881/Tyrannosaurus-Rex-was-a-lean-mean-hunter.html Spinodontosaurus (talk) 20:40, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Article in Albanian[edit]

The same article in Albanian has been identified as a featured article. In the bar in the left which shows languages in which this article has been created, the Albanian article should be marked with the featured article sign. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kristiani95 (talkcontribs) 15:10, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

I've made the change. Thank you for the update! J. Spencer (talk) 00:17, 21 May 2010 (UTC)

There was far too much precision in the weights listed.[edit]

Before my change to the article, the lead listed this animal's weight as "up to 6.17 metric tons (6.8 short tons)", and the body stated "the longest known individual...weighed an estimated 6,177 kilograms (13,618 lb)", with both figures being cited from a specific paper. These figures were apparently taken directly from Table 4 of that paper. But even ignoring the natural variation in the weights of living animals, you cannot know the live weight of even a single dinosaur specimen to anything close to that degree of precision—it's not like you can have the living animal step onto a scale. The whole purpose of the paper was to study a means of better constraining dinosaur weight estimates. If you read the part of the paper's Discussion section where the body mass of Acrocanthosaurus is discussed, you'll see that they conclude, "We therefore suggest 5750–7250 kg represents a plausible maximum body mass range for this specimen of Acrocanthosaurus." This is the weight range that should have been used, and since we have an uncertainty of about a ton, it is reasonable for the article to list a weight figure of 6–7 metric tons; hence my change.--Colin Douglas Howell (talk) 18:59, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

new find[edit]

There's been a find of more tracks over the summer in southern arkansas. i was on one of the teams to survey the site and since im writing an undergraduate thesis on the whole thing, i feel like some of the edits i could make to this article (also the article on the DeQueen formation, the List of Dinosaur bearing rock formations, and a few other articles) might be a bit too original research-y. anyway, the news officially broke today and there will be a presentation on the new site at the upcoming GSA conference for anyone looking for better references than press releases. cheers, Ryan shell (talk) 00:32, 6 October 2011 (UTC)