If you are a big Jurassic Park fan, I am sure you would never forget the epic fighting scene between the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the 2001 movie Jurassic Park III. In the movie, the Spinosaurus is depicted as being larger and more powerful than the T.Rex. As you might already know, the latter has traditionally held the crown for being the most badass predator to have roamed the face of the earth.
In reality though, it was never possible that the two predators would have met in the natural world. They lived in different continents and in different eras. To dent the T.Rex’s reputation further, some paleontologists believe that it was more of a scavenger than a predator. The Spinosaurus however did have large sized, T.Rex like predators to fend off in its habitat and region – most notably, the ferocious Carcharodontosaurus, which was only slightly smaller.
And today, we have more evidence to present to you which more or less proves that the Spinosaurus was indeed the largest predator to have roamed the planet. There is however a minor correction. As per latest fossil evidence, the Spinosaurus was not the land roving monster as depicted in Jurassic Park III. Instead, it was one of the most powerful predators that had taken to the water. Some 97 million years ago, the near 50-foot-long Spinosaurus terrorized the waters of North Africa, as per a report by The National Geographic. That is way bigger than the biggest of T.Rex’s. It ate anything that was alive in the waters – including giant fishes and crocodiles.
According to University of Chicago Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, the Spinosaurus wasn’t a land animal at all. It was the largest carnivorous dinosaur that we now know of – but its features were completely adapted for life in water. The new revelation comes in after a fossil of the Spinosaurus was found in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. 97 million years ago, the area was covered by a vast river system- complete with swamps and estuaries.
The well persevered fossil of this giant meat eater showed the features of the Spinosaurus’ skull, claws, and bones. It also showed the bones that gave the Spinosaurus the prominent “sail” on its back. The head of the Spinosaurus was long – almost reminiscent of modern day crocodilians. The bones were also dense – pointing to a life adapted for water. Other evidences that point towards a life adapted for water include the long neck and an extended trunk, the National Geographic report adds. The Spinosaurus is also likely to have possessed webbed feet –like those of ducks.
The discovery of the new Spinosaurus fossil record at Morocco would certainly help us get a complete picture of this amazing predator that terrorized the planet millions of years ago! The discovery comes close on the heels of the discovery of another large dinosaur species – albeit an herbivore, which The Inquisitr reported just a few days ago.
[Image Via National Geographic/Wikimedia Commons]