Giganotosaurus

Giganotosaurus

Pronunciation:
gig-an-OH-toe-SORE-us
Name meaning:
'giant southern lizard'
Giganotosaurus
large theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
large theropod
Length:
12.5m
Weight:
8000kg
Diet:
carnivorous carnivorous food icon
Teeth:
long, blade-like and serrated - ideal for slicing
Food:
other animals
How it moved:
on 2 legs
When it lived:
Early Cretaceous, 112-90 million years ago
Found in:
Argentina

Giganotosaurus is known from very fragmentary remains.

Taller and longer but slimmer than Tyrannosaurus rex, Giganotosaurus lived millions of years earlier and in South America not North America.

Giganotosaurus had 3 fingers on its hands, not 2 like T.rex. It may have hunted Argentinosaurus.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Carnosauria, Allosauroidea, Carcharodontosauridae
Named by:
Coria and Salgado (1995)
Type species:
carolinii
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