Giganotosaurus

Giganotosaurus

Pronunciation:
gig-an-OH-toe-SORE-us
Name meaning:
'giant southern lizard'
Giganotosaurus
Dinosaur description:
8000kg, 12.5m-long
large theropod
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Diet:
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Country:
Argentina
Period:
Early Cretaceous, 112-90 million years ago
Teeth:
long, blade-like and serrated - ideal for slicing
How it moved:
on 2 legs
Food:
other animals

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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