- Species Type: Carnotaurus sastrei
- Type of Dinosaur: Theropod
- Period: Late Cretaceous
- Diet: Meat (carnivorous)
- Life Span: 20+ years (estimated)
- Length: Between 24 to 30 feet (average)
- Weight: At least 1.5 tons
19 Carnotaurus Facts for Kids
- The Carnotaurus was discovered in 1984, by Jose Bonaparte, an Argentinian paleontologist.
- The Carnotaurus got its scientific name Carnotaurus sastrei in 1985, from Jose Bonaparte.
- The holotype skeleton for the Carnotaurus is MACN-CH 894 and it is currently the only skeleton of a Carnotaurus to be discovered.
- The name Carnotaurus means: “Meat-Eating Bull”.
- The name Carnotaurus is pronounced: “kahrn-uh-TAWR-us”.
- The Carnotaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as theropods.
- The Carnotaurus is a member of the Abelisauridae family.
- They lived in the Late Cretaceous Period between 69 and 72 million years ago.
- The average length of a Carnotaurus is estimated to be 28 feet.
- The average weight of a Carnotaurus is estimated to be 2,200 pounds.
- The estimated top running speed of a Carnotaurus is 25 miles per hour.
- The Carnotaurus was a carnivore and ate meat.
- The Carnotaurus is one of the fastest large theropods to ever live on our planet.
- The Carnotaurus was probably an active predator and ate small but agile prey.
- The only Carnotaurus fossil discovered was found in the Patagonia region in South America. Lucky for us the fossilized remains were in great condition and almost a complete specimen was unearthed.
- The arms of the Carnotaurus were smaller than those found on a Tyrannosaurus Rex, only measuring 1.6 feet in length. This leads Paleontologists to believe that its armes served no purpose and were purely vestigial.
- The teeth of a Carnotaurus are almost eight times smaller than teeth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- If you could see a living Carnotaurus today it would be easy identify by the two horns that protrude from their head that are just above their eyes.
- Paleontologists think the horns of the Carnotaurus might have been used to fight each other, either over a prey corpse, territory or during mating.
A picture of the Carnotaurus exhibit at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
Credit: Patrick Dugan / Pintrest
A picture of the carnotaurus Exhibit at the French National Museum of Natural History.
Credit: Milena Vrzic / Pintrest
A drawing that depicts a Carnotaurus attacking a small herd of Iguanodons.
A picture of a Carnotaurus Skull.
A picture of a Carnotaurus Tooth.
Credit: Zain Langille
A Carnotaurus and human size comparison.
Additional Resources on Carnotaurus
- Carnotaurus – Learn more about the Carnotaurus on the Britannica website.
- 20 Interesting Carnotaurus Facts – Learn about 20 interesting facts about the Carnotaurus you probably didn’t know.
- Carnotaurus on Wikipedia – Find more facts about the Carnotaurus for kids on the Wikipedia website.