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Species Profile - Carcharodontosaurus

Species Profile - Carcharodontosaurus


Carcharodontosaurus was a fearsome predator, possessing great strength and almost as large as T. rex. It's sure to be a much desired attraction for our guests.
Carcharodontosaurus is a genus of carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that originated from Early Cretaceous Africa. 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.

Description

A powerful carnivore 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 strongly resemble the teeth of a great white shark's, which gives the Carcharodontosaurus its name and why it was named after the scientific name of a great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias.

Behavior

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.

Paleontology

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.

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A Carcharodontosaurus fighting a Triceratops.

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.

Paleoecology

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, as well as the crocodyliform Sarcosuchus.

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Bahariya Formation Onestar2
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Kem Kem Beds Onestar2
Twostars2
Threestars2
Fourstars2
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