Giganotosaurus - Dinosaur Facts for Kids
Are you brave enough to learn about this huge dinosaur? Giganotosaurus was one of the biggest!
Find out about its size, habitat, diet and more!
These massive dinosaurs were meat eaters (carnivores) eating other cretaceous dinosaurs
. It is thought they may have hunted in packs.
Giganotosaurus Fast Facts
- You pronounce their name 'jiga-note-a-saw-rus'.
- The meaning of their name is 'giant southern lizard'.
- They were meat eaters.
- They had very small brains.
- Their length was around 12-13 metres (40 feet)
- They weighed up to 13 tons (almost 2 elephants).
More Dinosaur Details
They lived about 97 million years ago - in the late cretaceous period. This was earlier than more well known dinosaurs such as Triceratops
or T. Rex.
This is one of the biggest meat eating dinosaur ever discovered. Even bigger than the dinosaur T Rex
- but a little bit smaller than the Spinosaurus
Despite its size it had a tiny brain! About the size of a small cucumber.
Its dinosaur classification
It is thought these dinosaurs would have hunted large herbivores like the Titanosaur. It would have had an excellent sense of smell. Its teeth were shorter and narrower than those of the T.Rex - but good for slicing flesh.
More questions you may have :
Where did they live?
Fossils of this dinosaur have been found in Patagonia
in southern Argentina.
The first fossils were found by an amateur fossil hunter called Ruben Carolini, in 1993.
How big were they?
They are considered to be one of the largest meat eating dinosaur. The bigger males would have weighed over 13 tons.
It is estimated that their skulls would have been 6.40 ft in length.