|Name Translation||Tarasque Lizard|
|Size||30 ft (9 m) long, 2 tons|
Tarascosaurus (tar-ASS-koh-SORE-us) was a large abelisaurid theropod from Europe. It was the apex predator of its time, and lived during the Late Cretaceous Era. It was discovered 1993 in France by a French paleontologist named Eric Buffetaut.
DescriptionTarascosaurus was a large theropod closely related to Majungasaurus of Madagascar, Rugops of Africa, Carnotaurus and Abelisaurus of South America. It had very short five-fingered fore-limbs that would make even Tyrannosaurus rex feel better about itself, but it had long, strong legs with three toes with razor sharp talons designed for ripping flesh off carcasses. It had a large head with long, blade-like teeth, suggesting a powerful bite-force. It also had large eyes with a big snout out in front, also suggesting a good sense of smell and sight. It grew to be 30 feet (9 meters) long and weigh 2 tons, making it one of the largest abelisaurs. It lived alongside predators like Pyroraptor, and its prey were dinosaurs like Rhabdodon and a type of sauropod called Ampelosaurus.
In the Media
Tarascosaurus was in the Discovery Channel documentary Dinosaur Planet, where it first attacked a Pyroraptor named Pod, and was injured when an earthquake caused it to trip on an upturned root. Pod later finds three smaller versions of them, feasting on the carcass of a Magyarosaurus on a small island and kills one of them, scaring the other two away, and then eats the remains of the dead sauropod with a pack of Elopteryx, which are referred to as a Dwarf Troodon.