A huge predator, a Tarbosaurus. That's the Asian cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Scary, but a thrill.
— Allen about Tarbosaurus

Tarbosaurus ("Alarming Lizard") was a large species of carnivorous tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Cretaceous of Asia. It flourished in Mongolia, Asia during the Late Cretaceous period between 80 and 65 million years ago.

It was clearly the apex predator of its region, hunting most prey items, such as Saurolophus, one of the largest in its area and even its enemy Therizinosaurus. Tarbosaurus was the second largest member of the Tyrannosaur family, after Tyrannosaurus Rex itself.



Tarbosaurus lived in Mongolia during the Late Cretaceous period around 80 million years ago and died out with all the other dinosaurs toward the end of the Cretaceous. As some of the first members of the tyrannosaur family, it was the biggest predator of its ecosystem, living alongside and even hunting dinosaurs like Velociraptor, Mononykus, Protoceratops, Saurolophus, and even Therizinosaurus.



As the second largest member of the Tyrannosaur family, hence being the Asian cousin of both its American relatives Albertosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex, Tarbosaurus was so huge that it was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs that ever walked planet Earth. They stood 15–16 feet (4.5–4.88 m) tall, measured 32–43 feet (9.8–13 m) long, and weighed up to 4–6 tons (8,000–12,000 lbs.).

Being the top predator of Mongolia at the end of the Late Cretaceous period, Tarbosaurus were the biggest land predators of their region because they stood tall and stood vertically. Their small arms at the front helped balance their massive heads with their huge skulls and massive teeth for making devastating bites into prey and pulling out chucks of flesh. It's a view no one could never forget.

In addition, Tarbosaurus had good hearing.


Unlike most other members of the tyrannosaur family that hunted in packs, Tarbosaurus was often a solitary hunter, only getting together in groups during mating season. However, they have been known to hunt in packs some of the time.