What happens when two of the biggest carnivorous dinosaurs that ever lived go head-to-head? In the words of Jurassic Park‘s Dr. Malcolm, “the essence of chaos”.
100 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, North Africa was a much different place. Instead of harboring the vast and desolate Sahara Desert, it was a lush, green region filled with swamps and rivers. This made it prime habitat for dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, including two of the largest terrestrial carnivores the world has ever seen.
In one corner, we have Spinosaurus, the “spine lizard”, which grew up to a length of 47 feet (14.3 meters) and weighed up to 20.0 metric tons. In the other corner we have Carcharodontosaurus, the “sharp-toothed lizard”, which grew up to a length of 43 feet (13 meters) and weighed up to 15 metric tons.
By comparison, Sue, the largest complete T. rex skeleton, is 40 feet (12.3 meters) long and is estimated to have weighed as much a 6.8 metric tons.
Forced out of its aquatic habitat by a changing climate, Spinosaurus challenges the terrestrial Carcharodontosaurus over a freshly killed dinosaur. Spinosaurus is bigger, but Carcharodontosaurus has a more powerful bite.
Who will win this battle of the ages? Find out in this amazing throwback video from BBC!