Meet Spinosaurus — a monstrous swimming dinosaur who was bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex and enjoyed snacking on sharks.
This fifty-foot-long beast weighed over 40,000 pounds — arguably serving as the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever known, far bigger than the great Tyrannosaurus Rex. Spinosaurus persisted during the Cretaceous period, more than 100 million years ago.
An animator has recently posted their imagined vision of what a Spinosaurus family sleeping may have looked like.
Watch the mesmerizing video:
Spinosaurus fossils were first discovered in the Egyptian Sahara over 100 years ago, with additional remains uncovered along what was a former river system, now regarded as the Kem Kem beds.
This “spine lizard” was a crocodilian-like creature with a massive head and neck, built to carry the majority of its weight on its front end. It was able to propel itself through water with flat, broad feet and boasted powerful claws for grasping viciously at unfortunate prey.
Below is another video of the Spinosaurus by the skilled visual effects artist (and self described “Dino Dude”
) Julian Johnson-Mortimer, showing what it would have looked like to see these swimming lizards in the ocean.
Spinosaurus is one of the largest carnivores the Earth has ever known. Click here to watch an animation imagining what it would have looked like when a Spinosaur challenges a terrestrial Carcharodontosaurus, another massive prehistoric predator, over a freshly killed dinosaur.