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Carnotaurus sastrei

The Carnotaurus (Carnotaurus sastrei) is a theropod dinosaur that inhabited what is now Argentina during the Cretaceous period, approximately 72 to 69 million years ago. It stands out for its unmistakable appearance and distinctive features.

The Carnotaurus was a relatively large dinosaur, although it did not reach the dimensions of other theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex. It measured around 8 to 9 meters in length and its weight is estimated at around 1.5 to 2 tons. One of the most notable features of this species is its unique and specialized head.

The head of the Carnotaurus was short and broad, with an extremely deep and narrow lower jaw. Its teeth were sharp and conical, suitable for tearing into the flesh of its prey. However, the most striking thing about its head are the prominent horns that protrude from its temples. These horns were bony structures that could have had functions related to display and intraspecific competition.

In addition to its distinctive head, Carnotaurus had a stocky, muscular body, with relatively small arms compared to its body size. Its hind limbs were powerful and adapted for bipedal locomotion. It is believed to have been a fast and agile runner, capable of effectively chasing and capturing its prey.

Carnotaurus skin has been depicted with scales in artistic reconstructions, although no direct fossil evidence has been found to confirm this appearance. Its coloration is uncertain, since it has not been possible to determine with certainty. Some speculation suggests that it may have had similar coloration to other predatory dinosaurs, such as earthy tones or even a camouflage pattern.

Regarding its diet, it is believed that the Carnotaurus was a carnivore that fed mainly on other dinosaurs and small animals. Its sharp teeth and powerful jaw would have allowed it to tear the flesh of its prey.

Approximate measurements of the Carnotaurus:

  • Scale 1:72 - 120 mm long ( 2 pieces)
  • Scale 1:35 - 245 mm long (2 pieces)