Carcharodontosaurus

Carcharodontosaurus saharicus

  • Pronounced:  car-Car-o-Don-to-Sor-us

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Shark Tooth Lizard"

  • Length:  46 feet (14 m)

  • Height:  17 feet (5 m)

  • Weight:  8 tons (7,200 kilos)

  • Time:  Mid Cretaceous - 100 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Africa

Carcharodontosaurus may have been the largest meat-eating dinosaur to ever walk the Earth. This huge predator lived in Africa during much of the Cretaceous period. Originally discovered in the 1920's, it wasn't until the 1990's that scientists found enough of this dinosaur to figure out what it looked like and how big it actually grew.

Classification of Carcharodontosaurus, as well as other genera seemingly related to this dinosaur, is still being studied. Whether or not this genus belongs in the allosaur family is the subject of much discussion. Some scientists also believe this genus may be the same as Giganotosaurus.



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