Carnotaurus, the Meat Eating Bull
Carnotaurus was actually a much smaller dinosaur that most amateur dinosaur lovers would believe. Researchers believe that this horned carnivore of the late Cretaceous stood at just shy of 10 feet tall and weighed in at 4,500 lbs. While those figures may seem large, in comparison to the much more popular Tyrannosaurus Rex at 20 feet tall and weighing just shy of 16,000 lbs, Carnotaurus was something of a shrimp. The most unique feature of this late Cretaceous was its skull, aside from the horns that adorned it, Carnotaurus had a very robust skull that was complimented with a slender jaw. No one is quite sure what this skull structure meant for feeding time for this beast. Let’s take a look at the numbers though and see just what a formidable predator Carnotaurus really was.
The Numbers On Carnotaurus!
The approximated length of Carnotaurus is between 25 ft feet long.
An average length of around 25 feet is equal to:
The length of a large Kodiak bear.
The length of a large leather back sea turtle.
Approximately the length of the largest ocean sunfish ever found.
…and just for fun: equal to the length of 760 sugar ants.
Estimates of Carnotaurus’ weight fall at around 2.25 short tons or 4,500 lbs.
4,500 lbs is equal to:
The weight of approximately 9 average sized Siberian tigers.
The same weight as 3 Atlantic bluefin tuna.
The approximate weight of 4 1/2 American alligators.
…and just for fun: equal to the weight of 360,000 average goose feathers.
Current estimates put the height of Carnotaurus at around 9.8 feet tall.
9.8 feet is equal to:
The approximate height of a fully grown grizzly bear.
The shoulder height of a large Asian elephant.
The height of the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit in Bangkok, Thailand.
…and just for fun: equal to the height of 1,927 pennies stacked on top of each other.
Carnotaurus may not have measured up to Tyrannosaurus Rex in size, but there is no doubt about it – you wouldn’t want to match up against this mega-carnivore!