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Carnotaurus
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Name meaning

"Meat-Eating Bull"

Diet

Carnivore

Height

3.5 meters (10-12 feet) [1]

Length

6 - 9 meters [1]

Weight

1 ton[1]

Location

Argentina (South America)

Range

Isla Sorna

Birth type

Egg

Novel canon appearances

The Lost World

Game appearances

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (video game)
The Lost Worl (arcade game)
Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Jurassic Park: Builder
Jurassic World: The Game

Comic appearances

Jurassic Park: Redemption

Adventures appearances

Jurassic Park Adventures: Prey

Toy appearances

The Lost World Series 1
The Lost World Series 2
Jurassic Park 2011 toys

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Carnotaurus ("meat-eating bull"), was one of the most bizarre yet dangerous meat-eating dinosaurs ever found. Its skull was short, with spiked armor on the top and a pair of knobby horns over its small eyes. The neck and shoulder blades were well developed, but the arms were incredibly short, with forearms so shrunken they were practically just wrists; not even Tyrannosaurus rex had such small arms.[1]

With its small skull, Carnotaurus might not have been able to attack big plant-eaters, but it was probably fast due to its long and powerfully built legs and could have easily chased down smaller, agile prey.[1] In fact research as indicated that despite Carnotaurus had a small head the jaws were able to open very widely apart from other theropod dinosaurs in order to catch prey.

The horns of Carnotaurus look something like those of a bull - and like a bull, it may have used them in contests with others of its own species. In this way, two Carnotaurus could test each other's strength without either of them seriously injuring the other.[1]

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The Lost World

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Fanart showing Carnotaurus with chameleon camouflage. Picture made by OniPunisher. Shown with permission.

Carnotaurus is encountered in The Lost World. They have near perfect chameleon-like camouflage, able to replicate even patterns and shadows on their skin. A perfect example in the novel as to how little the scientist really know about the creatures, as they are perfect ambush predators but are too slow to actually give chase to prey that might become alerted to their presence. They are active mostly at night. Near the beginning of the second novel, a Carnotaurus kills Dr. Levine's guide, Diego, by ambushing him, and dragging him into some nearby ferns, where it promptly kills him.

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Carnotaurus from novel map.

Later on, a pair of Carnotaurus come near an abandoned shed at the worker village (where it serves as part of their territory), where Levine, Arby, Kelly, Thorne, Sarah Harding, and Ian Malcolm are all hiding. Thorne was first to be aware of their presence, hearing them breathe when he was about to leave the shed. When Levine turns on the lights to the building the rest were hiding in, the Carnotaurus were briefly exposed to the light before camouflaging again. They then approach Thorne at the shed but are too large to enter. However, Sarah and Levine scare them off with flashlights. With their cover blown, the dinosaurs abandon their attack and are not seen again. As day breaks, other dinosaurs appear in the Carnotaurus territory again, knowing the Carnotaurus can not hide in daylight.


Jurassic Park Adventures: Prey

In the Jurassic Park Adventures book series, Carnotaurus was one of the dinosaurs recreated by InGen that soon went wild on Isla Sorna when the workers fled the island due to Hurricane Clarissa.

The recreated Carnotaurus roamed in packs of roughly four members with one such pack lead by an individual with a red back known as "Big Red". At one point, Dr. Alan Grant did something that angered Big Red so much it wanted personal vengeance against him. It and its pack eventually Eric Kirby and fame-obsessed Simon Tunney and his group of teenagers who were making a film about the dinosaur residents on Isla Sorna. Alarmed, Dr. Grant and his team of Jurassic Park Rangers hurried to rescue the adolescents.

While being chased by the pack of carnivores, Simon Tunney decided to leave his younger brother to the attackers rather than lose the footage he had recorded. But before one of the Carnotaurus could end the life of Simon's brother, Eric Kirby bravely went to save him from his death. Afterward, Dr. Alan Grant and his teammates subdued the dinosaur pack thus ending its rampage.

Trivia

  • The Carnotaurus is possibly a reference to the Carnotaurus from Disney's Dinosaur who had dark red coloration throughout the top of its head and to the tip of its tail.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (arcade)

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The Carnotaurus appears in the arcade adaptations of The Lost World: Jurassic Park as a boss. In the arcade game it can camouflage - similar to their abilities in the novel, but much quicker and extremely destructive. It was also given the eyes of a chameleon, being able to move them independently from another.


The Lost World: Jurassic Park (PS)

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Carnotaurus in the Lost World: Jurassic Park video game. Image courtesy of Jurassica.net

In the console adaptation of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Carnotaurus appears only in the Compy level "Sleeping Titan", where it cannot be killed. The player must maneuver over the Carnotaurus in order to get past it because directly running from the Carnotaurus will result in the player-controlled Compsognathus to be devoured by the giant dinosaur.


Jurassic Park III: Park Builder

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Carnotaurus from Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.

Carnotaurus is also seen in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.


Jurassic Park: Builder

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Carnotaurus offer.

see Carnotaurus/Builder


Carnotaurus can be created in Jurassic Park: Builder.


Jurassic World: The Game

see Carnotaurus/JW: TG

Carnotaurus can be created in Jurassic World: The Game.




Jurassic Park: Redemption

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A Carnotaurus was recreated by Dr. Henry Wu and several other scientists for Tim Murphy's new Jurassic Park near Texas by request from Peter Ludlow, who wanted to sabotage the new park.

When the Carnotaurus reached adult size it went on a rampage by killing more than enough animals that were needed for the new Jurassic Park. Two workers tried to stop it, but they are they are unsuccessful and the Carnotaurus flees to a small town in Texas. While there, the dinosaur kills multiple farmers and their livestock. It hides from the authorities and the people chasing it by hiding in a cave located in the Dinosaur Valley State Park. Some children find it, however, they were quickly scared away by the Carnotaurus.

Afterward, the carnivorous dinosaur came out of hiding to continues its rampage. Its first attack after hiding was destroying a car owned by a woman named Mrs. Felder before proceeding to attack attendants at the County Fair. The Carnotaur then proceeded to hunt and kill a Mussaurus that had been freed by Lewis Dodgson.


Four Carnotaurus toys have been produced for the Jurassic Park toylines. The first were an adult (called "Demon") and a hatchling produced for Jurassic Park: Series 2. The second is an adult (of a completely different mold) that was produced for The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Series 1. It was called "Bonebreaker". A fourth has been made for the Jurassic Park 2011 toyline but remains an unreleased prototype. This toy is rare. A Carnotaurus hatchling on a leash, known as "Blood Hound", was also going to be paired with a human figure known as "Scout Hunter" in The Lost World Series 2 toyline we only know of this from concept art it is unknown if the set made it as far as production. The 2011 line Carnotaurus would later be created as part of the Jurassic Park 3D toyline; unfortunately, it remains unreleased like the Stegosaurus of the same line. Its paint job is likely inspired by the Carnotaurus in the Disney movie Dinosaur.

Genetic material of Carnotaurus was in InGen's possession by 2014 and was used in the creation of the genetic hybrid Indominus rex.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Holtz T.R. & Brett-Surman M. (2001). Dinosaur Field Guide, page 51.

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