Giganotosaurus

Bigger than a T-Rex but smaller than Spinosaurus, this massive predator may have hunted in packs. It belongs to a group of dinosaurs called ‘shark-toothed lizards’ due to its flat, serrated teeth that could cut through flesh. Palaeontologists believe this enormous creature had a skull the size of a bathtub but operated with a brain about the size of a banana!

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Fact File

Pronounced
Jee-GAN-oh-toe-SORE-us

Meaning of name
Giant southern lizard

Length
14 m

Weight
8,000 kg

Diet
Carnivorous

When it lived
Middle Cretaceous (95 million years ago)

Where it lived
South America 

DINOMAZING FACT!

The first Giganotosaurus fossil was discovered by amateur fossil hunter Ruben Dario Carolini. As recognition of this, the dinosaur was named after him. Its full name is Giganotosaurus carolini.

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