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Carnotaurus - meat-eating bull

Carnotaurus is a genus of large carnivorous dinosaur that lived in what is now South America during the Late Cretaceous period, around 70 million years ago. Its name is derived from Latin "carne" meaning meat and "taurus" meaning bull, in reference to its bull-like horns.

Carnotaurus was a large but lightly built bipedal predator, measuring 8 -  9 m in length, 2.2 m in height, and weighing between 1.6 and 2.9 tons. It had a pair of thick horns above the eyes, a feature unseen in all other carnivorous dinosaurs, and a very deep skull sitting on a muscular neck. It had small, vestigial forelimbs, and long, slender hind limbs.

Carnotaurus was well adapted for running, and was possibly one of the fastest large meat- eating dinosaurs. As concerns its strange horns, their function is still unclear, - several interpretations have revolved around use in fighting with rivals, in mating displays, or in killing prey.

A single fossil of this bizarre prehistoric animal has been found in Patagonia, at the southern end of Argentina.

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