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Carcharodontosaurus is a genus of carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that originated from Early Cretaceous Africa. A powerful carnivore possessing teeth strongly resembling a great white shark's, Carcharodontosaurus is closely related to the slightly larger Giganotosaurus.
Carcharodontosaurus is included in the Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack, and can be unlocked by progressing through the Science Division on Isla Pena, where its fossils can subsequently be excavated in the Bahariya and Kem Kem Beds dig sites in Africa.
Closely related to Giganotosaurus and Acrocanthosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus is one of the largest known species of theropod dinosaurs, distinguished by its elongated snout and an assortment of spikes located along its back and head. In comparison to the Giganotosaurus, the Carcharodontosaurus has a narrower profile, with a snout which tapers to a point. Its jaws are equipped with serrated, razor-sharp teeth that resemble the teeth of a great white shark's, which gives the Carcharodontosaurus the name "shark-toothed lizard", as it was named after the scientific name of a great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias.
The behavior of the Carcharodontosaurus is similar to that of other large theropods, with comparatively low comfort threshold and social needs. Without genetic modifications, they are content living in enclosures with up to fifteen other dinosaurs, though tolerate only one additional member of their own species.
The first fossils of Carcharodontosaurus were discovered by Charles Depéret and J. Savornin in Algeria in 1927. It was called Megalosaurus saharicus like many theropods that were formerly classified incorrectly. Its name was changed in 1931 by Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach to Carcharodontosaurus saharicus.
The original Carcharodontosaurus fossil specimens were destroyed during World War II. However, during a 1996 fossil expedition in Morocco, paleontologist Paul Sereno found new fossil material comprised of Carcharodontosaurus skull fragments.
Carcharodontosaurus lived there from 112 to 93.5 million years alongside other African dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous period such as the ornithopod Ouranosaurus, the sauropods Paralititan and Aegyptosaurus, the abelisaurid Rugops, the large Spinosaurid Spinosaurus, and the crocodyliform Sarcosuchus.
- Carcharodontosaurus appeared in Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor.
- Carcharodontosaurus was added with the Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack DLC on December 13, 2018 along with Iguanodon and Dreadnoughtus.
- Despite Cabot Finch claiming that Carcharodontosaurus is almost as large as Tyrannosaurus, it was actually at least the size of Tyrannosaurus or likely even larger in real life.
- The spines on Carcharodontosaurus’ back are now thought to have been scattered across its back rather than in a single iguana-like row.
- The Rainforest skin pattern for the Carcharodontosaurus is similar to the color pattern of Gorgosaurus featured in the 2013 film Walking with Dinosaurs.
Carcharodontosaurus on Wikipedia