Carnotaurus

CARNOTAURUS


(CAR-no-TORE-us)


MEANS:
Meat-eating bull

PERIOD:
Late Cretaceous – 70 Mya

WHERE:
South America: Argentina

SIZE:
Length: 7.5 meters (24.6 feet)
Height: 4 meters (13 feet)
Weight: 900 kg (1,984 lb)






Short stubby arms, short stubby horns. Carnotaurus, was definitely an odd looking theropod. The forearms were even shorter than Tyrannosaurus rex - in fact they were so short that the hands appeared to be sprouting from the upper arm bone, the humerus!

A slender, shallow lower jaw contrasted with the heavy, robust-looking skull while a pair of thick horns jutted from the skull above the small, forward facing eyes. It is theorized that Carnotaurus was capable of hatchet-like attacks with its head and horns; a skull would not have survived in a head-butting contest.