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Period of life:
72-70 MYA
Era/period:
Cretaceous
Habitat:
Argentina (South America)
Length:
8 m
Carnotaurus Dino Pet
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Carnotaurus belongs to the genus of predator dinosaurs from the Abelisauridae group, who lived during the Upper Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago in the territory of modern Argentina. This large lizard was as tall as an African elephant and weighed same as a car. Translated from Latin, the name means "carnivorous bull". This massive meat lover was nicknamed so for the two small horns above his eyes.
The eyes of the dinosaur were very small, which indicates poor sight. Large nostrils indicate a good sense of smell, Carnotaurus found its victim mainly by smell. The forelimbs were small and useless. Carnotaurus moved on two long legs. It was one of the fastest among the large predators of its time. The long and muscular tail served as a counterweight to the large head and helped maintain balance. The dinosaur dropped down on a potential victim and grabbed it with its teeth, trying to immobilize it. Scientists suggest that sometimes Carnotaurs could gather in stocks to hunt large sauropods. Paleontologists managed to find an almost complete skeleton and skin imprints of an adult carnotaurus. Thanks to such successful find, the researchers have studied the body structure of this ancient predator quite well.