Period of life:
Majungasaurus is a predatory abelisaurid that lived at the end of the Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago, in Madagascar. Found in 1896 by French scientists, two teeth and several vertebrae of Majungasaurus are considered the first fossils of predatory dinosaurs on this island. This predatory dinosaur moved at a low average speed on two strong, but relatively short legs, which allowed it to make rapid jerks for short distances. The head of Majungasaurus was wide and tall with strong jaws full of short broad teeth. Their shape provided additional grip when capturing prey and served as a dreadful weapon against small inhabitants of Mesozoic Madagascar. In general, Majungasaurus was a stocky theropod of a large mass for its length. Majungasaurus could use a hunting strategy similar to that of modern cats, which bite once and hold prey until it weakens. In their ecosystem, Majungasaurus were superpredators, a thunderstorm of herbivorous sauropods, in hunting of which they specialized in the harsh natural conditions of prehistoric Madagascar.