Carnotaurus lived on Earth in the early Cretaceous period, about 140 million years ago, and belonged to the theropods. This order included many types of dinosaurs, some of them were huge, others were much smaller. But all theropods had certain things in common.
Firstly, sharp teeth and claws make it possible to classify them as predators. In addition, they moved only on two legs; their forelimbs were short.
Theropods lived on Earth from the time when the dinosaurs only arose in the process of evolution (about 220 million years ago), until the dinosaurs completely died out 65 million years ago. Although the carnotaurus was a theropod, it had its own unique features.
The carnotaurus had two short, thick bull-like horns that grew over the small eyes of a lizard. For a dinosaur, the presence of horns is very uncharacteristic. It is because of these horns that the carnotaurus got its name, meaning “carnivorous bull”. The skull of the Carnotaurus was extremely thick, with powerful jaws containing many sharp, thin teeth, ideal for tearing raw meat.
Carnotaurus had incredibly small forelimbs
In 1985, in Argentina (South America), scientists first found the remains of a carnotaurus. Fortunately, most of the fossilized bones have been preserved. And this meant that they would be able to accurately restore the appearance of the carnotaurus. Scientists were even able to establish that the total weight of this dinosaur at the time when he was still alive was about 12 times the weight of a modern adult. This undoubtedly proves what a fearsome creature the Carnotaurus was.
In his book The Lost World (sequel to Jurassic Park), Michael Crichton described the horrifying moment when one of the characters suddenly notices two large dinosaurs staring right at him.
Up to this point, the dinosaurs were completely invisible, blending in with the surrounding foliage due to the coloration of their bodies. According to Crichton’s plan, these carnotaurs could change both the color of their skin and the pattern on it and thus become “invisible”, hiding among the surrounding vegetation much more skillfully than chameleons.
No one can say what color the skin of the Carnotaurs was and whether they could really change its color. However, Michael Crichton’s fiction may be true. It is possible that some dinosaurs could camouflage themselves among prehistoric vegetation, wait in ambush for a possible victim and then suddenly pounce on it.
How did the carnotaurus move?