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Giganotosaurus

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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.

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Pronounced
gig-an-OH-toe-SORE-us
Meaning of name
giant southern lizard
Length
  12.5m
Weight
8000kg
Teeth
long, blade-like and serrated - ideal for slicing
Diet
carnivorous
Food
other animals
How it moved
on 2 legs
When it lived
Early Cretaceous
(112 - 90 million years ago)
Found in
Argentina

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Carnosauria, Allosauroidea, Carcharodontosauridae, Giganotosaurus
Named by
Coria and Salgado (1995)
Type species
carolinii