What Dinosaur Has 500 Teeth?
Dinosaurs are so well-known that even young kids have an image in mind of what they looked like and how big they were. A few species, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, stand out even more than others. Did you know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex had about 500 teeth? That’s a lot of teeth!
1) The Spinosaurus
The Spinosaurus is a large, carnivorous dinosaur that lived in what is now North Africa. The word spinosaurus means spine lizard, which describes the tall spines on its back and shoulders. The first fossils of this dinosaur were found in 1912 by German paleontologist Ernst Stromer, who described them as the remains of a giant crocodile. It wasn’t until 1915 that the creature was discovered to be a species of dinosaur and not just an ancient crocodile.
Its scientific name is Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus, which translates to spiny lizard from Egypt. The fossilized remains of a few complete skeletons have been discovered so far. Estimates put the animal’s length at 40 feet (12 meters) with a weight of 10 tons (22,000 pounds). There are even more teeth than there are bones: about 500 sharp teeth line both jaws, giving it the ability to chomp down on prey with incredible force.
2) The Tyrannosaurus Rex
The Tyrannosaurus Rex is a large carnivorous dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous Period in North America. The name tyrannosaurus means Tyrant Lizard, and this name accurately reflects the ferocious reputation of this creature. The largest T-Rex skeleton ever found, nicknamed Sue, measures over 42 feet long and 17 feet high. It’s estimated to have weighed more than 12 tons. The Tyrannosaurus Rex has up to 200 teeth on each side of its jaw with serrated edges that were covered in saliva to help them grip prey. Scientists believe it had an average top speed of 20 mph but could reach speeds up to 40 mph when chasing down prey such as duckbilled dinosaurs, armored herbivores, and other small animals like raptors.
3) The Carcharodontosaurus
The Carcharodontosaurus is a type of theropod dinosaur that lived during the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods. It was one of the largest carnivores ever to live on Earth, with teeth up to 8 inches long! The Carcharodontosaurus is also known as a shark-toothed lizard. Fossils from this huge animal have been found all over the world, from Europe and Africa to North America and South America. Some fossils have even been found in China! Scientists believe that these fearsome animals were at the top of their food chain.
They could grow up to 40 feet long and weigh around 7 tons!
The claws on the hands of this beast are really small compared to its massive size, which indicates it may not have used them for hunting but for catching prey once it had killed them. Scientists can tell by examining fossilized skin impressions that it may not have been able to swim well either, making it more likely that they would use their powerful jaws instead.
4) The Giganotosaurus
The Giganotosaurus is the largest meat-eating dinosaur that ever walked the earth. Giganotosaurus means giant southern lizard. It was discovered in Argentina in 1995 by a group of paleontologists and is named after the river in which it was found, El Rio Gigante. Giganotosaurus lived about 95 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period, at about the same time as Tyrannosaurus Rex. It could grow up to 40 feet long and weigh up to 12 tons. It had 50 rows of teeth, each with multiple cusps or points on them so they could rip off chunks of flesh from its prey.
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