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  1. Acrocanthosaurus

From the recording Songs From the Science Frontier

This song was inspired by Fran, the most complete Acrocanthosaurus. A cast of Fran is on display at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, OK, near where she was found. Acrocanthosaurus had very tall neural spines for a carnivore, and it's still something of a mystery why, though there are some good hypothesis out there.

Lyrics

Acrocanthosaurus buried underneath the ground
One hundred twenty million years you waited to be found
Your bones reveal the tale
Of claws that would impale
And jaws that would avail a preditory carnivore
Still you keep your secrets
My Oklahoma dinosaur

Acrocanthosaurus with your vertebrae so unique
A scientific mystery, they give you your mystique
Like dominoes in a row
Were they more than just for show?
We’d very much like to know what you evolved to grow them for
Still you keep your secrets
My Oklahoma dinosaur

Swing your mighty tail bone; Snap your toothy jaws
Stomp your plodding foot bone; Spring your sharpened claws
Shake your spiny back bone; Sing your lonesome roar
Acrocanthosaurus
My Oklahoma dinosaur

Acrocanthosaurus with your headdress down your spine
We formed a few hypotheses about your cool design
Maybe it kept you warm?
Maybe it made you strong?
Maybe we’re right or wrong but we'll continue to explore
As long as you keep your secrets
My Oklahoma dinosaur

Swing your mighty tail bone; Snap your toothy jaws
Stomp your plodding foot bone; Spring your sharpened claws
Shake your spiny back bone; Sing your lonesome roar
Acrocanthosaurus
My Oklahoma dinosaur