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Carcharodontosaurus by PaleoPastori Carcharodontosaurus by PaleoPastori
Fabio Pastori running Carcharodontosaurus
acrylic colours with martin brushes

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Infraorder: Carnosauria
Family: Carcharodontosauridae
Subfamily: Carcharodontosaurinae
Stromer, 1931
Genus: Carcharodontosaurus
Stromer, 1931
C. saharicus (Depéret & Savornin, 1927) (type)
C. iguidensis Brusatte & Sereno, 2007
?C.carolinii Coria & Salgado, 1995
Carcharodontosaurus (pronounced /ˌkɑrkərəˌdɒntəˈsɔːrəs/) was a gigantic carnivorous carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that lived around 98 to 93 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period. It was nearly as long as or even longer than Tyrannosaurus, growing to an estimated 11.1-13.5 meters (36-44 feet) and weighing up to 2.9 metric tons.[1][2] The name Carcharodontosaurus means \'shark tooth lizard\', after the shark genus Carcharodon (from the Greek καρχαρο karcharo meaning \'jagged\' and οδοντο odonto meaning \'teeth\';) and σαυρος sauros, meaning \'lizard\'.[3]

Size comparison of selected giant theropod dinosaurs, C. saharicus in brown.
Carcharodontosaurus was a carnivore, with enormous jaws and long, serrated teeth up to eight inches long. Paleontologists once thought that Carcharodontosaurus had the longest skull of any of the theropod dinosaurs. However, the premaxilla and quadrate bones were missing from the original African skull, which led to misinterpretion of its actual size by researchers. A more modest length of 1.6 meters (5.2 ft) has now been proposed for C. saharicus, and the skull of C. iguidensis is reported to have been slightly larger at 1.75 m in length (5.5 ft).[4] Still, the honor of the largest theropod skull now belongs to another huge carcharodontosaurid dinosaur, the closely related Giganotosaurus (with skull length estimates up to 1.95 m) (6.3 ft).[5]
The Endocranial cast, of the impression of the brain on the inside of the skull, and inner ear anatomy of Carcharodontosaurus saharicus resembled modern Crocodylia.[6] The size of the cerebrum relative to the total brain was similar to modern reptiles, but small relative to coelurosaurian theropods and birds.
[edit]Discovery, etymology and taxonomic history

Carcharodontosaurus tooth, which was found in the Sahara Desert.
Carcharodontosaurus fossils were first found by Charles Depéret and J. Savornin in North Africa in 1927. Originally called Megalosaurus\' saharicus[7] (many theropods were once erroneously referred to as Megalosaurus), its name was changed in 1931 by Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach to that used today. Stromer named Carcharodontosaurus \"for its mainly Carcharodon-like teeth\", which were \"not recurved, almost bilaterally symmetrical but with convex edges.\"[3] These first fossils of Carcharodontosaurus were destroyed during World War II. However, cranial material from a Carcharodontosaurus was again discovered in Morocco in 1995 by paleontologist Paul Sereno. Stephen Brusatte and Paul Sereno[8] reported a second species of Carcharodontosaurus, differing from C. saharicus in some aspects of the maxilla and braincase. This second species, which was discovered in Niger in 1997, was named C. iguidensis in December of 2007.[9]
[edit]In popular culture

Life restoration of C. saharicus.
Carcharodontosaurus was featured in an episode of the television series Dinosaur Planet, titled \"Alpha\'s Egg\". The program erroneously depicted Carcharodontosaurus living in South America and preying on the sauropod Saltasaurus. In reality, Carcharodontosaurus remains have only been found in northern Africa. Additionally, while Saltasaurus lived during the Campanian and Maastrichtian stages of the Late Cretaceous, Carcharodontosaurus is only known from formations dating from the Albian to Cenomanian stages, over ten million years earlier.
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omg902 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
YESSSSSSSS this is my favorite dinosaur, despite the terrible vision, it was bigger than gigantosaurus and tyrannosaurus! It's a walking badass! Beautiful picture by the way
TKWTH Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
All the time I see the bigger dinosaurs as big, lumbering brutes. Not here. If I knew nothing about Carcharodontosaurus, I could have easily mistaken it to be the size of a raptor, it looks so brilliantly lively! Like a REAL animal!
judyeve Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
BreeTheBat Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
this is such a nice picture! I really like the details and the background is amazing. Great work, keep drawing,aye?
ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
once again I find myself allmost hypnotized by this beautifull work fabio..!
DiloTheSeaDragon120 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Holycow!!! I've seen this picture forever but I never knew YOU drew it!!! That's amazing!!!!!! :o
SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Abracamoron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Stunning artwork, really well drawn
Nightflyer28 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Wahh! So many scales! It's great, I must fave!
kongvmax Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
run!..awesome work :D
ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
is it me or is the second Carcharo. trying to show the bigger one's pose?
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
cosa ?!
Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
This is probably one of my favorites. It's a nice mix of fantasy and reality, especially the purple sky. The thunderstorm following closely behind the theropods is a nice touch.
Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Student General Artist
Beautiful! Definitely professional!!
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much:-)
edarlein Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Very well done and so detailed!
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow your work is very charming!thanks 4 compliments,visit my website [link]
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scaramoushe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colours that have been used. The composition is brilliant and the detail is stunning :D :+fav:
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