|Name Translation||Carnivorous Bull|
|Diet||Meat, perhaps other dinosaurs|
|Length||25-30 feet long and 2-3 short tons|
Carnotaurus was a large bipedal dinosaur which lived in South America during the Late Cretaceous Period. It is a relative of other theropod dinosaurs such as Abelisaurus, Majungasaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Rajasaurus. Carnotaurus lived in Patagonia, Argentina about 80 million years ago, and was discovered by José F. Bonaparte, who has discovered many other bizarre, South American dinosaurs. Its name means "carnivorous bull".
Description EditCarnotaurus was a large theropod and one of the largest abelisaurs, about 8-9 meters in length, and between 2-3 tons in weight. Abelisaurids have odd features in their heads, as Carnotaurus had two large brow horns over its eyes, while its smaller relative Majungasaurus had highly bizarre looking knobs on its head. Abelisaurids also have very reduced forelimbs with four or five fingers. When compared to their body size, the arms of Carnotaurus were far smaller than even than those of Tyrannosaurus and were completely useless. It had a thick skull as well and they could have headbutted each other to display for females, a thick chest, and a thin tail.It is also characterized by its unusually long neck. The eyes of the Carnotaurus faced forward, which is unusual in a dinosaur, and may indicate binocular vision and depth perception. Carnotaurus's teeth were also very slender, and too delicate to grip struggling prey. It may have been a scavenger, or had a unique hunting strategy, like headbutting it's prey with its hard head then finishing it off. A single nearly complete skeleton has been described, including a large skin print including the entire right side of the dinosaur, showing us much about its skin. It has been found that Carnotaurus definitely had no feathers, but was covered with small boney bumps, which became larger closer to the spine.
The type species Carnotaurus sastrei is the only known species, but it is related to other Abelisaurids, from Madagascar, Argentina, India, and North Africa.
Role in Walt Disney's DinosaurEditThe male is the main antagonist while the female is the secondary antagonist. This also makes Kron the tertiary antagonist. In the film, the male and female were much bigger than the real animal, bigger than the Iguanodon, but in real life, they were about as big as the Iguanodon.
When Kron set his 2nd-in-command Bruton, along with a scout to look for their destination, the two are attacked by the male and female Carnotauruses. Bruton managed to escape, but the scout was killed, much to Bruton's distraught.
Aladar and his friends find a cave for shelter from the darkness and the rain, where they attempt to sleep for the night. Unfortunately, the male and female Carnotauruses find them and attack. Aladar and his friends manage to escape, thanks to Bruton, who sacrifices himself by causing a cave-in to crush the predators. The cave-in crushes both attackers, but only the female is killed along with Bruton. The male survives and leaves the cave, roaring in anger like saying that he'll get revenge.
Aladar and his friends are led by Kron through what he thought was a shortcut to their destination, which was really a dead end. When the herd turned around to leave, the male was right behind them, ready to attack. Finally, Aladar decided to stand to the male by roaring, while the rest of the herd followed. They marched toward the male, forcing their evil enemy to walk back. The herd passed him, but Kron, trying to climb the steep, high cliff, stayed. He attempted to climb up, while the male followed him. Aladar and Neera stayed behind as well to save Kron, who manages to climb to the top of the cliff. The male attacked Kron, who fought back by swinging his tail. The male grabbed Kron with his jaws, and tossed him against a rock, fatally injuring him. Aladar and Neera arrived to save him, but the male smacked Neera with his tail. Refusing to let this happen, Aladar managed to push the male off the cliff, since his weight is causing the cliff to crumble. As the cliff starts to crack, the evil dinosaur grabbed Aladar to try to take him down with the male, but the male loses his grip, and the male fell to his death below.
In Popular CultureEdit
- Carnotaurus appeared in the novel The Lost World by Michael Crichton (1995) as a color-changing chameleon-like dinosaur, but this ability is purely speculative. It also appeared in a level of the video game adaptation of the film.
- Carnotaurus was set to make an appearance in the movie Jurassic Park /// as the dinosaur approaching the characters as they search for a cellular phone within giant heaps of Spinosaurus dung. However this was changed to a Ceratosaurus.
- At Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, guests who ride "Dinosaur" (an attraction very loosely based on the Disney feature Dinosaur) are menaced by a large AudioAnimatronic "Carnotaurus", among other creatures.
- In the Capcom game Dino Crisis 3, a Carnotaur pair gets brutally murdered by a savage, gigantic, black Tyrannosaurus, acting like a comeback after the T. rex's grizzly demise by a Giganotosaurus in Capcom's Dino Crisis 2.
- Carnotaurus appears in Zoo Tycoon: Dino Danger Pack.It is also present in Extinct Animals.
- It can be created from DNA in Jurassic Park Park Builder.
- It appears in the science fiction movie Raptor Island as the predator of the Raptors.
- Carnotaurus also appears in the 2011 series Terra Nova as a predator of humans.
- A Carnotaurus appears in Life After Dinosaurs where it is inaccurately shown as a predator of Edmontonia (which lived in North America) and Saltasaurus.
- Carnotaurus appears in Bizarre Dinosaurs, where they talk about how strange this theropod looked.
- It can be a playable dinosaur in the online game Primal Carnage.
- Carnotaurus also has a main role in the animated film Turok: Son of Stone.
- Carnotaurus stars in the 2013 Asylum film Age of Dinosaurs filling a similar role for the Raptors of Jurassic Park.