Carnotaurus is a genus of large theropod dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, around 72 million years ago. The name Carnotaurus means “meat-eating bull” referring to its bull-like horns above its eyes and its carnivorous diet. It was a large predator, measuring up to 26 feet in length and weighing up to 2 tons.
Carnotaurus had a unique skull shape, with a short snout and jaw, and two small horns above its eyes. It had small, vestigial (useless) forelimbs, but long, powerful hind limbs, which it likely used for running and hunting. Its teeth were sharp and pointed, suited for tearing flesh.
Carnotaurus was one of the few dinosaurs found in South America and it was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs to exist before the mass extinction event that wiped out dinosaurs.