|Meaning of Name:||“giant southern lizard”|
|Period:||Cretaceous Period (138 million to 65 million years ago)|
|Size:||13.5 - 14.3 meters long; head 165 cm|
|Weight:||7- 8 metric tons|
Discovered in 1993 by Rubin Carolini, Giganotosaurus surpassed the long-time record holder Tyrannosaurus (10 - 14 meters; 6 - 7 metric tons). T. rex has in fact been bumped into third place-new excavations of Carcharodontosaurus have indicated that it holds second place among the largest, meat-eating dinosaurs.