Gigantic Giganotosaurus

I sat for the longest time last night going through my dinosaur photos from the Royal Ontario Museum, trying to decide which ones to share with you today.  That’s the problem when you take as many pictures as I do.  There are too many to choose from.

So, I decided to start with what may have been the largest land predator ever to have lived – Giganotosaurus!    According to my guide book, “it is the largest carnivorous dinosaur from Gondwana known from a complete skeleton – the best specimen is missing only its arms and feet.  The skeleton suggests that Giganotosaurus was approximately 13 metres long and stood about 3 metres tall at the hips, and it weighed 6000 kg.  Although similar in size to Tyrannosaurus rex, its skull was longer and less robust.  It had blade-like teeth well suited to slicing meat, rather than the more bone-crushing teeth and jaws of T. rex.  Giganotosaurus was the apex predator in South America about 95 million years ago.”

Here are some photos of Giganotosaurus, and I even broke my usual rules and included a photo of myself because for once it’s not that bad :).  In that photo you will notice a man’s hand holding an object with a screen. That is in fact an iPad, one of many that were set up in front of the displays.  They were amazing because when you turned it from one end of the dinosaur skeleton to the other, it showed you what the dinosaur might have looked like with skin and flesh.  They really went all out with this exhibit!!  Hope you enjoy Giganotosaurus!

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15 Responses to Gigantic Giganotosaurus

  1. zannyro says:

    I got a cold chill up my back when I read about this creature…SCARY!!

  2. shelinahhhh says:

    This is freaken sweet! I want to go to a museum like this so bad!!

  3. Very cool shots Cindy. Nice to see a picture of you as well. Looking good.

  4. dorannrule says:

    A giant bravo for these photos and for being so brave to include your own. You look as nice as you blog! Thanks for sharing your love of ancient monsters. 🙂 Luv, Dor

  5. TBM says:

    His head is huge! Nice photos…and HI!

  6. Hi right back at ya :). And yes, these dinosaurs were huge. I had fun watching the reactions of little kids walking through the exhibit. Most of them were in total awe, but some of them were genuinely afraid, and the father of one little boy kept jumping out from behind him and scaring him. I know it’s kind of mean, but it was funny!! That’s what Mike and I would have done when our boys were little – we were always having fun like that, and they loved it :).

    By the way, I tried to leave a comment on your latest post about the Old Ship Pub, but there was nothing to click on to post the comment :(. I’m not sure if it’s just me or what.

    • TBM says:

      I’m the type that’s jumpy so I would get mad if someone kept jumping out from behind the dinosaurs. I probably shouldn’t have told you that 🙂 we are not doing the Jack the ripper tour together.

      I’ve had that problem with comments on a few blogs I normally comment on recently. On my end it’s okay, but I know what you are talking about. I love and hate wordpress 🙂

  7. zelmare says:

    Hi there, Cindy, pleased to meet you! 🙂 Love the dino pictures. And scary, scary creature…

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