Which were the largest predatory dinosaurs

Only a few species of dinosaurs reached enormous dimensions of up to forty meters.

Originally, the dinosaurs were predatory carnivores or scavengers who moved on their hind legs, the often very short front legs being equipped with grasping hands. Many species became herbivores over time, walking on four columnar legs.

Flesh and herbivorous lizards

Tyrannosaurus rex - the name means tyrannical king lizard - lived 67-65 million years ago, in the late Cretaceous period. The biped was up to twelve meters long, five meters high and weighed between five and seven tons. There were many dagger-like teeth in his mouth, which he could open a meter wide. These grew back when they were worn out. Scientists believe that Tyrannosaurus rex fed on the large herbivores. The giant lizard probably devoured up to seven tons of meat per week - an amount roughly equivalent to its own weight.

Velociraptor - literally a quick looter - was one of the wildest robbers of the late Cretaceous period. The carnivore was six feet long, lightly built, and extremely fast-footed. The stiff tail served Velociraptor probably to keep the balance. The second toe of each foot was equipped with fearsome sickle claws.

Brachiosaurus (Arm lizard) was one of the largest land creatures of all time and lived in the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods. The herbivore reached a length of up to 25 meters, was 13 meters high and weighed an estimated 80 tons. Brachiosaurus had longer front legs than hind legs compared to other dinosaurs, which caused its back to rise towards the head. Due to his upright posture and high neck, he was able to graze trees that other dinosaurs could not reach.

From dangerous spines and large skulls

Stegosaurus - literally covered lizard - was a large, armored dinosaur. A row of massive bone plates adorned his back. The four-legged friend, who lived in the late Jurassic, was up to nine meters long and weighed seven tons. Stegosaurus probably inhabited the lowlands and grazed in herds next to other herbivores such as the one Diplodocus. The giant lizard could flap its dangerous, four-pronged tail back and forth, possibly to repel attacks from predators.

Torosaurus (Bull Lizard) had the largest skull known from any land animal. The horn dinosaur (Ceratopsier) fed on plants and, because of its robust beak, was probably able to eat even very hard vegetation without any problems. Since his front legs were slightly shorter than his rear legs, he was very stable on the ground. There were two horns on the head, a short nasal horn and a long, wrinkled comb Torosaurus a terrifying look. Whether the comb was used for defense or courtship behavior, or whether it contained the muscles that the animal needed to eat the hard plants, is still controversial today.