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Carnotaurus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Carnotaurus means "flesh(-eating) bull"
Pronounced - KAR-no-TAWR-us
Named By - Jose Bonaparte
When Named - 1985
DIET: Carnivore (meat-eater)
SIZE: Length - 25 feet (7.5 m) long
Height - 6.5 ft (2.2 m) tall at the hips
Weight - 1 ton (1000 kg)
WHEN IT LIVED: Middle Cretaceous period, about 113 to 91 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: A single fossil was found in Patagonia, Chubut Province, Argentina, South America.
FOSSILS: An almost complete fossilized skeleton, together with skin impressions (that reveal rows of bumps on rough skin), has been found.
CLASSIFICATION:
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Saurischia - lizard-hipped dinosaurs
  • Suborder Theropoda - bipedal carnivores
  • Tetanura - advanced theropods with three fingers
  • Infraorder Neoceratosauria - relatively primitive theropods with large teeth
  • Genus Carnotaurus
  • Species C. sastrei (type species named by Bonaparte, 1985)
INTERESTING
FACTS:
Carnotaurus was a large, bipedal, meat-eating dinosaur that looked a bit like a bull. It had two, knobby eyebrow-horns (hence its name), a small skull, extremely tiny arms (even smaller than those of T. rex), and a long, thin tail. It may have had partial binocular vision (unlike most other dinosaurs) since the eyes were set facing slightly forwards.



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