Abelisaurs were the top predators of their time replacing the earlier carcharodontosaurs. They ruled the southern hemisphere, while the mighty tyrannosaurs reigned in the north. Not as big as the tyrannosaurs they were still a force to be reckoned with. These giant killers would have torn flesh from the local sauropods, or even each other, as Majungasaurus did.
Skulls have been found with some interesting ornamentations including bony crests and horns above the eyes, pits and grooves. These were possibly for the purposes of display. The forelimbs of abelisaurs such as Carnotaurus were short and may not have been used. Fossils from this family of theropod dinosaur have, so far, only been found in South America, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.
Scientific name: Abelisauridae
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Discover the other animals and plants that lived during the following geological time periods.