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Torvosaurus
Temporal range: Late Jurassic
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A 3D model of Torvosaurus tanneri by Jagged Fang Designs
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Clade: Dinosauria
Family: Megalosauridae
Subfamily: Megalosaurinae
Genus: Torvosaurus
Galton & Jensen, 1979
Type species
Torvosaurus tanneri
Galton & Jensen, 1979
Referred species
  • Torvosaurus gurneyi
    (Hendrickx & Mateus, 2014)
  • Torvosaurus tanneri
    (Galton & Jensen, 1979)
Synonyms
  • Edmarka Bakker et al., 1992
  • "Brontoraptor" Bakker et al., 1996 (nomen nudum)

Torvosaurus (Greek, “savage lizard”) is an extinct genus of large Megalosaurid theropod from the late Jurassic. it currently Contains two species; T.tanneri and T.gurneyi. Torvosaurus was a very large animal and could grow up to be 11 meters long and weigh 5 tonnes.

Discovery[]

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Description[]

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Skeletal reconstruction of the largest Torvosaurus specimen (Cr. Alpha8, Scott Hartman, randomdinos)

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Torvosaurus embrious

Torvosaurus gurneyi fossil embrious found in Portugal, in 2013.

Material[]

The fossil material referred to Torvosaurus includes partial post cranial remains and elements of the skull and the maxilla.‭ 

In 2013, a nest with fossilized embrious was found in Portugal. Paleontologists assigned them to Torvosaurus gurneyi. These are the oldest theropod eggs ever found in the world.

Torvosaurus gurneyi[]

Torvosaurus gurneyi skeletal

Torvosaurus gurneyi skeletal reconstruction by SassyPaleoNerd

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Paleobiology[]

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An artist's rendition of Torvosaurus

Torvosaurus was a huge theropod for its time, and probably fed on large Sauropods like Diplodocus and Dinheirosaurus (now a species of Supersaurus) and stegosaurs like Stegosaurus and Miragaia. It probably also preyed on the smaller carnivores from time to time as well. It had long, muscular legs and mid-sized arms, good for gripping and holding onto prey. It also had a long, narrow skull, probably used to go in and repeatedly bite at larger herbivores. The largest specimens of Torvosaurus tanneri could reach 11 m in length. The specimen found in Portugal was of an individual that exceded 10 meters in length. Unlike most other large theropods, Torvosaurus seemed to have thicker teeth, where others have thin, blade-like teeth, which may suggest it had a stronger bite force than most other theropods its size. 

In Popular Culture[]

  • Torvosaurus is briefly mentioned in Beyond T. rex, albeit by either just a Megalosaur or incorrectly as Megalosaurus, and the specimen featured is of the obsolete name Edmarka.
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    Torvosaurus confronted by an Allosaurus; from the series: Dinosaur Revolution

  • In the introduction of Torvosaurus was in the 1993 Knowledge Adventure game, 3-D Dinosaur Adventure. Though it does not appear in any illustrations or in the game's movie clips, it can be seen in the park attraction, Jurassic Jungle, where it fights against an Allosaurus. The computer-generated model is based off of a Carnegie model.
  • The same model of Torvosaurus also appears in the game's Museum and interactive game, Create-A-Saurus.
  • Torvosaurus was featured in episode 2 of the documentary called Dinosaur Revolution. In the episode it fought over territory with a smaller, younger Allosaurus europeaus named Broken Jaw. The Torvosaurus was king of the area until it tried to attack a young, injured Dinheirosaurus and is then killed by its parent after fighting with the Allosaurus. Then the Broken jaw Allosaurus devours the Torvosaurus. Later then, the remains of the great predator were seen dried up.
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Dinosaur Revolution Torvosaurus

  • Torvosaurus has also made an appearence in the 2nd Season of Dinosaur King.
  • Torvosaurus made an appearance in the Roblox game called "Dinosaur Simulator."
  • Torvosaurus appears in the early access game Prehistoric Kingdom, an upcoming park builder game by Blue Meridian. Both T. tanneri and T. gurneyi are represented.
  • Torvosaurus appears in the survival game Path of Titans, where it can be seen if you go to the “Mods” section.
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Prehistoric Kingdom Torvosaurus tanneri

Gallery[]

Torvosaurus/Gallery

Other Wikis[]

https://prehistoric-wiki.fandom.com/wiki/Torvosaurus https://were-back-a-dinosaurs-story.fandom.com/wiki/Torvosaurus

References[]

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