Giganotosaurusis the largest carnivorous dinosaur from South America. At an estimated 41 ft long, this massive dinosaur challenges evenTyrannosaurus rexfor the title of largest theropod ever.Giganotosaurusoccupied South America during the Late Cretaceous, 97 million years ago,
Scientific Name:Giganotosaurus carolinii
Characteristics:Giganotosauruswas a strong carnivore with large jaws filled with blade-like teeth. It walked on two muscular legs with three-toed feet and sharp, curved claws. It used its long tail to counterbalance its heavy head.
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This predator is gigantic by name and gigantic by nature. It was first reported by Rodolfo A. Coria and Leonardo Salgado in 1995 as the largest predatory dinosaur of all time. This claim was based on a partial skeleton including bones from the skull, shoulder, hips, and legs, plus most of the spine. The remains were excavated from the Río Limay Formation of Neuquén Province, Argentina, so it is without a doubt the largest theropod dinosaur from South America. However, no complete skeleton ofGiganotosaurusis known, so its exact length is an estimate.
A massive jaw belonging toGiganotosauruswas described in 1998 that is eight percent larger than the corresponding bone in the skeleton described by Coria and Salgado. This tantalizing evidence suggests a skull over 6 ft long, and could mean thatGiganotosauruswas even larger thanTyrannosaurus. More complete material is required to be sure.
The arms ofGiganotosaurushave never been found. However, since the shoulder blade is small, this suggests that the arms were small too. It probably had three fingers, like closely related allosauroid theropods.
Its name comes from the Latin ‘gigan’, meaning giant; the Greek ‘notos’, meaning Austral or southern; and the Greek ‘saurus’, meaning reptile. Hence,Giganotosaurusis the ‘giant southern reptile’. There is currently only one species ofGiganotosaurus(G. carolinii) named after Rubén D. Carolini who discovered the first skeleton in 1993.
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