The tyrant from Africa with a mouthful of a name, Carcharodontosaurus is a name hard not to know when dinos get brought up. Making its mark in the beginning of the late Cretaceous, it was Africa’s dominant species atop a dangerous and entangled food chain. This was likely the reason it was so large at 13.3 meters (44 feet) long and 7+ tons, and it toted a 5 foot long skull for inflicting massive damage on whatever drew it’s undesirable attention. Besides it’s great size, it’s well known for its trademark identification in symmetry with another apex predator: the great white shark and its teeth. Its teeth were long, laterally compressed, and heinously serrated for decisive and deep cuts like steak knifes. It was surprisingly quick for its size, and its head was situated at a point of perfect center of mass; it could lift up to 453 kg (1,000 pounds) or more with ease in the grip of its jaws. It lived in a mixed biome of mangroves, tidal deltas, rainforest, and desert; here it would’ve stood off with the giant aquatic Spinosaurus at the waters edge, and hunted anything, except perhaps the nigh invincible Paralititan, that strayed into the open. This may have included smaller sauropods as a favorite prey, such as Rebbachisaurus, Aegyptosaurus, or Dicraesaurus, since they were too slow to escape such a fearsome, giant predator’s onslaught.
- If you wanted to time travel to see dinosaurs, late Cretaceous Northern Africa would not be the place. The concentration of predators was unusually great, and it would’ve been perhaps one of the most dangerous faunal locations in all of earth’s history. Notably: Carcharodontosaurus (44 feet), Spinosaurus (48+ feet), Kaprosuchus (20 feet), Deltadromeus (26 feet), Bahariasaurus (39 feet), Rugops (14 feet), and dozens more including giant crocodiles, large predatory pterosaurs, brackish water mosasaurs, giant carnivorous fish, and many other theropods in every size niche.
- Carcharodontosaurus was first discovered in 1914 with a partial skull and other assorted bones. These fossils were destroyed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid over Germany in World War 2. The dinosaur would have to be rediscovered 41 years later in 1995.
- A second species exists of Carcharodontosaurus specified as C. iguidensis found in Niger. This species seems to be more adapted to tight forest conditions, being on an average 10 feet shorter than its giant C. saharicus contemporary from Morocco and Egypt.
- It’s name means “Great White Shark Tooth Lizard.” Carcharodon, the genus for Great White Sharks which it was named, means “Sharp Tooth.”
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