When we talk of dinosaurs, the most common image that comes to our mind is that of the deadly T. Rex. However, it wasn’t the only deadly one out there. Carnotaurus from the same period of the T. Rex was yet another ferocious meat-lover. The two were separated by long distances and hence, they couldn’t really engage in a duel to find out who was the best. Anyway, let us find out some cool and interesting Carnotaurus facts. We are pretty darn sure that you will find some of them unique and surprising. So, let’s waste no more time.
At a Glance
Name: Carnotaurus, which means “Meat-Eating Bull”
Lived: In Late Cretaceous Period some 70 million years ago
Diet: Meat (Apex predator of its ecosystem)
Locomotion: Bipedal (Theropod)
Size: 7.5 meters or 25 feet in length and 2.2 meters or 6.5 feet tall at hips
Weight: 2,000 pounds
Vision: Binocular with depth perception
Skin: Reptilian-like and scaly
Interesting Carnotaurus Facts: 1-10
1. The Carnotaurus lived almost 70 million years ago during Late Cretaceous period. This was about the same time as the notorious Tyrannosaurs Rex. It went extinct with K-T extinction event of Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event.
2. The Carnotaurus however lived is a completely different location. It lived in the area that we today call South America (scientists have named the landmass during that time as Patagonia).
3. What’s really interesting is that during the Late Cretaceous, Patagonia (today’s South America) did not have gigantic theorpods. The area was roamed by small carnivore dinosaurs that weighed just a few hundred pounds. This made Carnotaurus the apex predator of Patagonia.
4. Yet more interesting is the fact that some 30 million years before the Carnotaurus evolved, Patagonia was the home for Giganotosaurus – the largest theropod ever to have lived in South America.
5. The most of interesting Carnotaurus facts is that it had horns! Yes, this crazy meat-lover had two small horns located right above its eyes. It is not that Carnotaurus was the only dinosaur to have horns during that era but it was the only theropod dinosaur species to have horns.
6. These horns measure 6 inches but experts believe that the protrusions might have supported structures that were much longer and made of keratin (you know… it is the thing that makes our hair).
7. As far as the utility of the horns are concerned, experts believe that only the males had those horns and used them primarily to establish superiority by combat to win the mating rights with females of the community.
8. However, as per an analysis of 2009, the skull of Carnotaurus did not evolve to endure rapid and repeated frontal blows. In such cases, the scientists believe that the skull would simply break apart. So, this led to the hypothesis that the horns were not for furious combat but rather designed for slow head-shoving matches.
9. In case you think the horns of this dinosaur weren’t enough to give it a comical look, here is another one of interesting Carnotaurus facts – it had the smallest forearms ever in the entire history of all dinosaurs taken together.
10. Let us put it this way – if Carnotaurus and the T. Rex were to compete for weightlifting using forearms, the T. Rex would emerge winner as a heavy-weight champion. Scientists don’t yet know the true utility of those tiny appendages but they should have definitely made the Carnotaurus look really funny.