The Science Museum of Minnesota has a new exhibit to explored called “The Ultimate Dinosaurs Meet a New Breed of Beast” and you can meet Giganotosaurus there. This exhibit promises to be fun for people of all ages where you can go see over 20 dinosaurs up close and personal.
Giganotosaurus claims to be a dinosaur that is even bigger then the Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur. Tyrannosaurus Rex was about 40 feet long and 6-8 tons while the Giganotosaurus is 40-46 feet long and 8 tons.
Tyrannosaurus Rex had very strong back legs but very tiny front legs. It had a very massive strong head and powerful jaws with very sharp teeth made for ripping flesh. The Giganotosaurus also has a big head and sharp teeth but it also had very powerful arms and three fingers on each hand with big claws made for ripping flesh. Both dinosaurs are very powerful and scary and you can see them both at the Science Museum in Minnesota.
The Giganotosaurus name is pronounced Jig-a-Not-o-Sor-us and it means “giant southern lizard” in Greek, It is a member of the shark tooth lizard family of dinosaurs that lived about 90 million years ago. It lived about 30 million years before tyrannosaurus Rex did so they never actually met.
Giganotosaurus walked upright and was fast and agile. It had a thin pointed tail that was used to help balance the giant animal so it could move quickly to catch its prey. It is believed that the Giganotosaurus ate large herbivore dinosaurs and that it had no predators. Since it had no predators it is believed that the Giganotosaurus lived to old age or died of natural causes.
The head is bigger then most human adults but it is believed to have a very tiny brain for the size of the head. The head had openings above the eyes and on the edges of the nose.
The Giganotosaurus was discovered in Argentina in 1993. The skeleton of the Giganotosaurus was 70 percent complete and consisted of the skull, leg bones, hip bones and most of the backbone. There have been other parts of Giganotosaurus’s found but no complete skeleton has been found as of this date.
Now you can visit the Science Museum and Minnesota and see this large dinosaur and many others at the Ultimate Dinosaur Exhibit. To find out more you can go to http://www.smm.org/.