Carnotaurus

Carnotaurus sastrei

  • Pronounced:  car - no - Tore -us

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Flesh Bull"

  • Length:  24 Feet (7.5m)

  • Height:  9 Feet (3 m)

  • Weight:  1 ton (960 kilos)

  • Time:  Middle Cretaceous - 115 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in South America

Carnotaurus was a South American, meat-eating dinosaur that had two short horns above its eyes. The horns were probably used more to impress females than for fighting. Another unusual feature was that it had very small arms, probably the tiniest of any of the larger meat-eaters.

Discovered fairly recently (1985), this fossil was very complete and included the best theropod skin impressions ever found. The skin showed many small cone-shaped nodules, each about two inches (5 cm) across, regularly spaced over its body. Carnotaurus had a short snout for a larger theropod. Its skull measured only 22 inches. Its arms were so small that it almost appears that the hands sprouted right from its body.



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