Animals are commonly used in motion pictures, but I think that the most interesting animal that has made its way to the big screen is the giganotosaurus. This famous creature has appeared in several television programs and feature films. According to the Enchanted Learning website (www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaur), one of the movies in which the giganotosaurus played a role was ” Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 2008. The Enchanted Learning website also mentions that this giant and powerful dinosaur found its way into the 3rd season of “Primeval”, ” where it was portrayed as being capable of running large distances at high speeds, despite its massive size and weight. It attacks a jumbo jet and kills wildlife expert Nigel Marven.” In addition, the giganotosaurus was featured in in the imax movie entitled “Dinosaurs;Giants of Patagonia”, and in the Dinotapia story “The World Beneath”. Photos that I have seen of the giganotosaurus has led me to believe that it also had a role in the two “Night of the Museum” movies as well, even though the dinosaur character’s name was Rex. Now that the giganotosaurus’s on-screen claim to fame has been established, what is its claim to fame off-screen? The following information should provide a clue.
This huge creature is the 9th deadliest of all dinosaurs, according to the article “The 10 Deadliest Creatures That Ever Lived” on the dinosaurs.about.com website (www.dinosaurs.about.com/od/types of dinosaurs/tp/c). It was extremely massive and tall, standing at a height of 13 feet (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/giganotosaurus), and weighing a hefty 8 tons. In his article “Giganotosaurus” on the dinosaurs.about.com website, Bob Strauss mentions that it measured “40 feet in length, weighed 8 tons, and had a huge skull with sharp teeth, while possessing three-fingered hands with the claws being bigger than the arms.” (www.dinosaurs.about.com/od/carnivorous).
Not only did this intimidating, powerful, and predatory animal have large claws, but it had a dauntingly large head!
According to the kidsdino.com website, the head of this particular dinosaur was so big that it was larger than a human, and this frighteningly large creature could have eaten a human in one bite! Where did such a huge dinosaur live? Bob Strauss provides the answer in “Giganotosaurus”.
Strauss says that the giganotosaurus lived in the “swamps of South America” (in Argentina), and it hunted in packs for argentinasaureses and other plant-eating animals for food. Becoming extinct 65 million years ago (according to the website www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric life/dinosaurs), the giganotosaurus lived for a total of 165 million years. The giganotosaurus had a good sense of smell on which it relied in its hunting of prey, and it had sharp teeth which was capable of tearing through the skin of its victims. I am glad that I don’t have to make contact with this ferocious monster! Thank goodness for extinction!
It is evident that the giganotosaurus was not to be taken lightly. With the size of its massive head and claws, as well as its height and weight, it is clear that no one nor anything could stand in its way. It is, therefore, no wonder that it made its way to the big screen, being as powerful and as intimidating as it was.
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