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genus

Carnotaurus Bonaparte, 1985

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  order Dinosauria - dinosaurs »  family Abelisauridae

Temporal range:Cretaceous > Lower CretaceousUpper Cretaceous
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Size

7.5m long

Description

The most distinctive features of Carnotaurus ("Carnivorous Bull") are the two thick horns above the eyes, and the extremely reduced forelimbs with four fingers. It had a small skull, a thick chest, and a thin tail. The eyes of Carnotaurus faced forward, which is unusual in a dinosaur, and may indicate binocular vision and depth perception.

Ecology

Carnivore preying on Brachiosaurs eg. Chubutisaurus.

Distribution

Argentina
Author: Bill Darwin

Included taxa

Number of records: 1

species Carnotaurus sastrei Bonaparte, 1985
Cretaceous: Maastrichtian

Carnotaurus sastrei


Links and literature

EN Fossilworks - Paleobiology Database [54533]

Fossilworks - Paleobiology Database [http://fossilworks.org/] [as Carnotaurus Bonaparte, 1985]
Data retrieved on: 11 December 2015
EN The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera [1304406]

Rees, T. (compiler): The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera [http://www.irmng.org] [as Carnotaurus Bonaparte, 1985]
Data retrieved on: 30 November 2019

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Explanations

extinct taxon