#15 Bahariasaurus ingens
#15 seed in the Fossil Crates 2020 Chew-ly Chompionship
Bahariasaurus ingens “Great Northern Oasis Lizard”
From: Egypt, Africa
Lived: 95 m.y.a., in the Late Cretaceous
Named: Stromer 1934
Fight Day stats
33’ long 7" (33.6 m)
Weighed in at 4 tons (8,472 lbs, 3,843 kg)
Bahariasaurus is a true wildcard in this tournament as no one knows what kind of meat-eater it was and, thus, how truly powerful its bite, teeth, arms, and claws were. Named in 1934 (the picture is of its describer) the original bones were destroyed in World War II, leaving only photos and illustrations of this dinosaur. However, the nicely preserved femur allows some confidence in predicting length and weight. Since 1956, it has been interpreted as being related to the Carcharodontosauridae, Ceratosauridae, Megalosauridae, “Megaraptoran”, and Tyrannosauridae among others. We can’t wait to see what family affiliation, and thus what strategy, Bahariasaurus employs!
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