|Height:||Over 20 meters|
Giganotosaurus (pronounced /ˌdʒaɪɡəˌnoʊtəˈsɔrəs/ JYE-gə-NOH-tə-SOR-əs) is a genus of carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that lived around 97 million years ago during the later stage of the Cretaceous Period. It is one of the largest known terrestrial carnivores; possibly larger than even Tyrannosaurus, growing to be 14 meters (46 feet) long, 6 meters (20 feet) tall, and 8 tons in weight (16,000 lbs). It lived in what is now the South American country of Argentina. Their fossils are found in Neuquen.
Dino Crisis 2Edit
At least one Giganotosaurus was captured by the Noah's Ark Plan members and taken into the far future. For some time its existence was considered merely a rumour amongst the soldiers in the military facility; a dinosaur larger than a Tyrannosaurus - so big, in fact, that men could accidentally walk into its mouth in a trap. The reason why it remained a rumour wasn't because its existence was doubtful, but because the fact that no one who went out looking for it ever returned.
The Giganotosaurus' presence in the future was confirmed at the Missile Silo, where it attacked the one-eyed Tyrannosaurus that had been stalking Regina and Dylan Morton for some time. The two beasts fought with all they had, but in the end the Giganotosaurus was triumphant, but only after a bad injury from the T-Rex's bite on its leg.
The dinosaur then proceeded to hunt for Regina, leaving its kill behind as it broke through the Missile Silo walls. Repelled and eventually knocked unconscious by flames and their accompanied fumes, the Giganotosaurus later awoke to find Regina next to the missile. Breaking the metallic structure in order to reach her, the missile collapsed onto the ground and exploded.
Somehow surviving the explosion unharmed, the Giganotosaurus moved down-river into the Noah's Ark Plan's timegate complex it came from, where it challenged Dylan. It was finally killed when a satellite in communication with the complex fired a powerful beam directly onto the creature, its remains surrounded a deep hole.
- It is well known to any dinosaur enthusiast that the Giganotosaur in Dino Crisis 2 is quite inaccurate, its size and strength are exaggerated, and actually wasn't that much bigger than the average-sized Tyrannosaurus. Some believe that it has been mutated while living in the modern world, but more likely, its exaggerations were just made to make it seem more powerful and terrifying, as with the Spinosaurus in "Jurassic Park III".
- The presence of a dinosaur that is larger than the Tyrannosaurus is hinted at several times in the game, even at the main menu. The roar which shadows the Tyrannosaurus' when a "New Game" is selected is that of the Giganotosaurus.
- Giganotosaurus DNA was used to make Cebalrai, one of the largest and most deadliest dinosaurs to be encountered in the game series.