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Stub This section is taken from the Dinosaur Field Guide.


Name meaning

"Giant Southern Lizard"

Code name





26 ft


13.2 meters (43 feet)


7-8 tons


Argentina, South America


Isla Sorna

Birth type


Game appearances

Warpath: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III: Park Builder

Giganotosaurus ("giant southern lizard") is currently one of the largest known meat-eating dinosaur ever. For many years Tyrannosaurus held that record (although bits and pieces of Carcharodontosaurus and Spinosaurus showed that they were as large as any individual T. rex). Then, in 1995, paleontologists Rodolfo Coria and Leonardo Salgado reported the discovery of a new meat-eater bigger than any tyrant lizard. They named the giant dinosaur, Giganotosaurus carolini.

Bone for bone, it was larger than the largest skeleton of T. rex ever found! The skull alone was 6 feet (2 m) long! What's more, a lower jaw bone was later found from an individual even bigger than the first one - with a skull perhaps 6 feet (2 m) long. Clearly, Giganotosaurus was a gigantic dinosaur.

When Giganotosaurus was alive, the most common plant-eaters in South America were the Titanosaur sauropods. While a single Giganotosaurus could kill a young Titanosaur, it would take many Giganotosaurus to bring down a giant adult. Originally, there was no evidence that Giganotosaurus hunted in groups, but a recent discovery from slightly younger rocks shows that they indeed may have lived in packs of 6-12 or more individuals.

More real-life information: Giganotosaurus on Wikipedia.

Jurassic Park Franchise

|thumb|left]] Giganotosaurus has not appeared in any of the Jurassic Park novels or films, but has been featured in some video games. It appeared also on the covers of Jurassic Park: Redemption comic books.

Jurassic Park inspired games

Gigantosaurus in the Raptors gallery for TLW-JP for PS1
From the Raptor gallery of the TLW:JP video game
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"Giga" from Warpath: JP
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  • The Giganotosaurus appeared in the game Warpath: Jurassic Park. It got mistyped as Giganotasaurus, and it's codenamed as Giga. It has 3 colors: blue, brown, and white red. The Giganotosaurus shares a similar battle style with Carcharodontosaurus and Albertosaurus, and its battle stage is the paddock (the same paddock in the first Jurassic Park film where the T-Rex bursted out).
Giganotosaurus from Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.
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Giganotosaurus was also on the covers of Jurassic Park: Redemption IV and V, in V it was attacked by a Mosasaurus and a pack of Velociraptors.

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Playable Warpath Dinosaurs
AcrocanthosaurusAlbertosaurusAnkylosaurusCarcharodontosaurusCryolophosaurusGiganotosaurusMegaraptorPachycephalosaurusSpinosaurusStygimolochStyracosaurusSuchomimusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rex
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