Carnotaurus ("meat-eating bull") was an abelisaurid theropod from the Late Cretaceous Period. Its fossils have been found in Argentina.


Carnotaurus was about 8 metres long, which was medium-sized for a theropod. Armoured scutes ran down its body and tail, and it had two horns above its eyes. It was named after these horns, because they looked like bull horns. Like most abelisaurids, Carnotaurus had ridiculously small arms, smaller in comparison to its body size than those of Tyrannosaurus![1]

In popular cultureEdit

Disney dinosaur carnotaurus
A pair of Carnotaurus appeared as villains in Disney's film Dinosaur. They also appeared in the American television series Terra Nova.


  1. Bonaparte, Novas, and Coria (1990). "Carnotaurus sastrei Bonaparte, the horned, lightly built carnosaur from the Middle Cretaceous of Patagonia." Contributions in Science (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County), 416: 41 pp.