N.G.-December 1997: Uncovering
Patagonia's Lost World
Sharp Toothed Terror
Charging through the Cretaceous landscape, eight-ton,
42-foot-long Giganotosaurus, one of the largest of all carnivores,
dwarves a herd of human-size herbivores, larger cousins of Gasparinisaura.
"This was an animal that would run in, take a
very large bite, and then back off and watch," says Canadian
dinosaur expert Philip Currie. "Basically, the prey would
bleed to death."
Patagonia's dinosaurs were once seen as wierd forms
that evolved in isolation after South America split from other
continents. Now Coria and others view many as close relatives
of creatures that roamed the super-continent Pangaea.