About us

Subscribe

AddThis Feed Button

Credit


Counter


« Home | Kangaroo Attacked by Shark » | More links for 12 Dec 2007 » | Car with Ivory Carvings » | Machine Turns Junk into Usable Petroleum and Gas » | Red Fluorescent Cat Cloned » | Snake Collar for Cat » | Ginormous Gingerbread House » | New Dating Service Matches DNA » | The "Supermarket" Tattoo Is Here To Stay » | Moms Find Solution To 'Plumber's Crack' »



Massive New Meat-Eating Dino Had "Steak Knife" Teeth

Carcharodontosaurus iguidensisA new species of meat-eating dinosaur larger than Tyrannosaurus rex has been identified from remains found in North Africa, fossil experts say.

The previously unknown dinosaur, dubbed Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis, grew up to 45 feet (14 meters) long and used huge "steak knife" teeth for slashing through prey, according to paleontologists.

"It was just a completely ferocious animal," said lead study author Steve Brusatte, a student at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

"The teeth of this guy were enormous. They were the size of bananas, but they were very thin teeth."

The dinosaur's skull was about 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) long and was relatively lightweight given the animal's size.

This suggests that C. iguidensis relied on speed and used its teeth like hatchets to strike at the neck or flanks of its prey, Brusatte said.

Source: National Geographic
Tags: | |

Labels:

Links to this post

Create a Link

Local Time

Advertisement