Transcript of Tyrannotitan
Meet the Tyrannotitan Introduction Dinosaurs are more than just beasts of mythical ages. They were real creatures that were on Earth long before the first humans existed, living during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Amongst the dinosaurs in Cretaceous period, Tyrannosaurus Rex was not the only carnivore. Tyrannotitan, the largest of all theropods, was also a fierce hunter, and it rivals T-Rex as the "King of the Dinosaurs". Tyrannotitan chubutensis was a huge species of carnivorous dinosaur, distantly related to other theropods, such as Carcharodontosaurus and Giganotosaurus. About the picture Tyrannotitan feeding on a Chubutisaurus Lifestyle According to fossil studies, Tyrannotitan was a good swimmer and spent a fair amount of time in the water. Like a T-Rex, their spine and tail were very long, giving them the ability to swim. As one of the most recently discovered dinosaurs, its partial skeleton was discovered only in 2005 and paleontologists are still analyzing it. As a result, there is little information about its lifestyle such as social behavior and lifespan. Hunting and diet Tyrannotitan was a carnivore like all other members of its family of Theropods. Its main prey included large herbivores such as Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and other sauropods. It had 60 teeth which do not seem to be as well developed as those of other Theropods. Its teeth lack the clear curves that facilitate slicing. However, the general shape makes them part way similar to the teeth of allosaurids like Allosaurus itself. Its teeth also have denticles which may have formed an additional cutting surface increasing the tooth’s ability to pierce flesh. Tyrannotitan was probably better at stripping the flesh from a carcass rather than crunching the bones. It could run at 20 mph, running down its meal easily. Words to know Fossils: The trace or remains of a dead organism that lived in prehistoric times.Full transcript
Cretaceous Period: The period around 155 million years ago, during the time Tyrannotitan existed.
Paleontologist: A scientist who studies fossils.
Sauropod: Large, herbivorous, dinosaurs with long necks and tails.
Theropod: Bipedal carnivorous dinosaur species such as Tyrannotitan.
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by Aadit Nerkar Tyrannotitan stood 40 ft tall and weighed 5 tons, making it one of the largest Theropods. Its name, meaning "Tyrant titan" clearly reflects in its fierce appearance.
It lived in modern-day Argentina, around 112-121 million years ago, during the middle Cretaceous period. At the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago, a meteor impact caused mass extinction of life on Earth.