torvosaurus tanneri fossil crates

#9 seed Torvosaurus tanneri


Torvosaurus tanneri - “Tanner’s Savage Lizard”

Torvosaurus tanneri - “Tanner’s Savage Lizard”
Family: Megalosauridae
From: United States, North America
Lived: 150 m.y.a., in the Late Jurassic
Named: Galton and Jensen 1979

Fight Day Stats
39’ long
Weighed in at 5 tons (10,000 lbs)


Torvosaurus was truly a savage lizard. The competitor in this competition comes in at the long end of speculated lengths but, after seeing some unpublished Morrison Formation materials, I think the length is justified. Its 4’ skull is loaded with 4” teeth. Powerful arms ended in 5” claws, allowing this bruising predator to choose between outright wild attack or “slash, bite, wait”. How will Torovosaurus do against some of the toughest dinosaurs the world has ever known? We’ll soon find out!

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