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20 Amazing Prehistoric Predators

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Some of the huge and most frightening predators reigned over the prehistoric earth. Some of them used raw strength and super speed to hunt and others used their ambush technique to satisfy their hunger. Their hunting style can be different but it’s true that they were the top hunters of their time. So, here are 20 most amazing prehistoric predators for you who had their own ways of hunting.

1. Utahraptor

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Utahraptor is a type of dinosaur. From its name, we can easily imagine that its fossil was discovered in the state of Utah. The first specimen of Utahraptor was found in 1975. This prehistoric predator could be 2-2.5 m tall and 6-7 meters long. Its weight was about 1000 pound (453 kg). It had a large second toe on its hind legs which it uses as a weapon to pray.

2. Tyrannosaurus

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Probably it’s the most well-known genus of dinosaur. Tyrannosaurus was known for its huge skull and small forelimbs.  Sharp eyesight and smell power made it survive as both scavenger and predator.

3. Titanoboa

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Titanoboa is the largest snake of the prehistoric age.  It could reach a length of 50 feet. This huge animal used to seize its prey in its coil and constrict it to death.

4. Thylacoleo

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5. Smilodon

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Smilodon or the sabre-toothed tiger is well-known for it’s two extremely long canines. It used ambush technique to catch its prey. It used to hunt large herbivorous like camel, bison etc. It used to sink its canine teeth into the prey to hit vital organs.

6. Sarcosuchus

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Sarcosuchus is like modern days crocodile. It spent most of his time almost submerged in the water waiting for its pray. It was not choosy about its food. It used to ambush any prey that can be overwhelmed by it.

7. Pterygotus

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Though it was tiny compared to most other prehistoric predators, it was a skilled hunter in shallow sea water. Without any notice, It used to attack suddenly and killed its prey. At the time of hunting, it submerged its whole body under sand and waited for its prey to swim by before capturing it with its claws.

8. Plesiosaurus

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Plesiosaurus was well known for its tiny head, long neck and huge body. Thought its body was not ideal for a top predator, it was good at hunting varieties of fishes and cephalopods.

9. Ornithosuchus

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Ornithosuchus means bird crocodile. It had similar features of a crocodile. Unlike crocodile, it had a pair of hind legs which allowed it to run at a much higher speed.

10. Megalodon

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11. Megalania

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A type of lizard, Megalania is now extinct and it is the largest lizard of all time.  It was the inhabitant of Southern Australia.  Is had a toxic gland in it’s mouth which he used to catch its prey.

12. Liopleurodon

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Liopleurodon means smooth-sided tooth. It came for the Ancient Greek words. However, this prehistoric predator had a body to achieve a quick speed. This gave it edge over its prey. It usually jumps over its prey without giving it any time to react.

13. Kronosaurus

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Kronosaurus means lizard of Kronos. It was named after the leader of the Greek Titans, Cronus. Its strength and power allowed it to swim through the ocean easily. It used to eat Plesiosaurs and sea turtles.

14. Gorgonops

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Gorgonops means Gorgon eye or Gorgon face. It is an extinct predator of prehistoric time that lived 260-254 million years ago. It had two very large canines like a saber-toothed tiger. it used this canine to pierce the thick skin of its prey. It’s leg position also gave it an edge to chase its prey at super speeds.

15. Giganotosaurus

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Approximately 98-97 million years ago Giganotosaurus lived in present days Argentina. It was huge and swift compared to similar prehistoric animals but unlike other predators, it has lacking biting power. In spite of this weakness, it was the top predator of its time.

16. Dakosaurus

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Derived from the Greek words dakos and sauros, Dakosaurus means biter lizard that lived during the late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods. It used to roam about in shallow sea water. It’s narrow jaw and gifted sharp teeth helped it to tear a chunk of flesh off its prey.

17. Carnotaurus

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Derived from the Latin words carnies meaning flesh and Taurus meaning bull, the name Carnotaurus means meat-eating bull as this animal had bull-like horns. It lived about 72 to 69.9 million years ago. It used to attack it’s prey swiftly and kill it.

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18. Cameroceras

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Cameroceras is a giant orthodontic cephalopod  lived during the Ordovician period. It used to roam about in shallow sea water of Laurentia, Baltica and Siberia.  Cameroceras used its power of smell to hunt its prey within the dark sea water.  Using its tentacles it captured its prey tightly like a squid and crushed it to pieces with its sharp beak.

19. Basilosaurus

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A marine mammal Basilosaurus existed during the Late Eocene period, 40-30 million years ago. It had very tiny compared to its whole body and it’s believed that it gives Basilosaurus swim through water like an eel. In spite of this lacking, it usually dines with sharks and fish.

20. Allosaurus

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Allosaurus means different lizard. It lived about 155-150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period. This prehistoric predator was blessed with the tough skull but small teeth.  It usually swung its upper jaw like a hatchet during hunting.

Becky Strong is a conservationist who pioneered the movement to preserve African wildlife. She is also a science journalist and wildlife reporter based in Los Angeles who covers stories in animal behavior, wildlife biology, conservation, and ecology.

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