Carnotaurus is a dinosaur which lived approximately 72 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period. Carnotaurus was about 30 feet (9 meters) long and stood about 10 feet (3 meters) tall at the hips. It weighed around 2 tons.
The most noteworthy feature of Carnotaurus is the thick horns above the eyes, it is from these it gets its name, which means "flesh bull". It is a meat-eater, and the horns are said to resemble those of a bull.
Its eyes, unusually for a dinosaur. It may have had the binocular vision - unlike other dinosaurs of the time. That’s because this dinosaur had eyes that were set in front of its skull, while many dinosaurs had eyes on the side of their heads. This means that these dinosaurs probably had pretty good depth perception and binocular vision.
Carnotaurus had a robust but small skull, with a slender low jaw bone. And It had a relatively long neck as compared to other Theropod dinosaurs. Its short front legs had three fingers. The large claws provided an extraordinary weapon of attack. Its tail, which is long and thick at the base, provided a counterweight for its body when leaning forward.
It is also estimated that these dinosaurs were fairly fast. Some computer models suggest that the Carnotaurus could travel at a speed of about 35 miles per hour. This would make it significantly faster than a running human.
Carnotaurus is a carnivorous dinosaur. It was one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs which ever lived. With its mouth open, it is in the attack position with its weight on its long rear legs, which were very strong and perfect for running.
Although only one near-complete skeleton of Carnotaurus has been so far, this skeleton was accompanied by fossilized skin impressions. From these, we know that Carnotaurus did not have feathers, but the animal's skin was lined with rows of bumps, the bumps growing larger nearer the animal's spine. It is not entirely clear what the purpose of these bumps would have been.
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