Tarbosaurus - alarming dinosaur

Tarbosaurus (meaning "alarming lizard") is a genus of large carnivorous dinosaurs that flourished in Asia during the Late Cretaceous Period, about 70 million years ago.

Tarbosaurus was a large bipedal predator, similar to Tyrannosaurus. Although smaller than its more famous relative, Tarbosaurus was still one of the top heavyweights in the family of its fellow "tyrant lizards" - the largest known individuals were 10 - 12 m long, weighed 4 - 5 tons, and, last but not least, possessed huge jaws equipped with about sixty lethal teeth. On the other hand, they had the smallest 'hands' relative to body size in the family already renowned, as it happened, for their disproportionately tiny, two-fingered forelimbs.

This dinosaur lived in humid floodplains crisscrossed by river channels. In this environment it was an apex predator -  at the top of food chain - preying on all other sizable creatures crossing its path, including other large dinosaurs.

Tarbosaurus fossils have been found in Mongolia and China.

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