|“||If you thought the Great White Shark was terrifying, try imagining a predatory dinosaur that had its teeth.||„|
|— Allen, about Carcharadontosaurus|
Carcharodontosaurus (meaning "Jagged-Toothed Lizard") is a species of large carcharadontosaurid theropod dinosaur that originated during the Middle Cretaceous period. A close relative of the South American predatory dinosaur Giganotosaurus, Carcharadontosaurus was discovered in what is now Africa and was also one of the largest predatory dinosaurs of all time.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Carcharodontosaurus lived in Africa during the Middle Cretaceous period, around 113–90 million years ago. It was one of the apex predators of its time. They were first discovered in 1942.
Carcharodontosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth. Standing 15.5 feet (4.73 m) tall, measuring 42 feet (13 m) long, and weighing up to 6 tons (12,000 lbs.), making them the fourth largest carnivorous dinosaur of all time. The only ones as large as or larger than them are Spinosaurus, Giganotosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex.
Hence their name, when they were discovered, the sharp, serrated teeth of these meat-eating dinosaurs possessed matching characteristics, in-fact strong resemblances, to the teeth of the Great White Shark (or known by its scientific named Carcharodon carcharias). Ergo, Paleontologist named the dinosaur Carcharadontosaurus.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Rather than packs, Carcharodontosaurus was a solitary hunter but also hunted in pairs. They often competed for food against their natural adversary, Spinosaurus. When hunting in pairs, these predators could not only bring down the sauropod dinosaurs of their environment, but also fight off a single Spinosaurus.
|“|| Of all the predatory dinosaurs in Africa during the Middle Cretaceous Era, the 42 foot long, 5400 kilogram Carcharodontosarus ("Jagged-Toothed Lizard") was one of the largest and apex predators of their time, competed only by their natural rival Spinosaurus. Armed with cunning, the capacity to hunt in pairs, and teeth the size of knives, they struck at will with deadly force.
Hence their name, their teeth bare strong resemblance to the teeth of the Great White Shark (or Carcharodon carcharias). Carcharadontosaurus is also a close relative to the South American dinosaur Giganotosaurus, despite being a little smaller in size.
|— Allen, in his Journal, about Carcharadontosaurus|