When we think of predators today, animals like lions, wolves and bears come up. But these animals are nothing compared to the predators that were previously found on the land and in the sea. Are you curious about what kind of engerds there were to be found on earth? These are the ten largest predators that have ever lived.
That dinosaurs could grow up we already knew, but the Giganotosaurus is just slightly bigger than the known tyrannosaurus rex. With a length of 14.2 meters, these dinos were one of the largest species found on the land. This dino had very little paws. Also, the hind legs he walked on were relatively small.That was not a problem, because the Giganotosaurus only chased on very slow trials, so he never had to run hard.
Are you afraid of snakes ? Then it’s good that you did not live in the time of the titanoboa. This snake could easily be 15 meters long, while the largest snakes still living still do not reach the 10 meters. The remains of this snake are found in Colombia, which indicates that the titanoboa lived in South America.How are these snakes nowadays no longer found on earth? The temperatures in the tropics were earlier up to 10 degrees warmer, which allowed the Titanoboa to survive perfectly.
This sea creature was called Predator X a few years ago. The reason for this was that researchers had found a large skull, but were not sure what animal was the skull. It turned out to be the Pliosaurus: a seagull of no less than 15 meters long. These giant carnivorous reptiles lived in the sea about 147 million years ago, but research indicates that he is descending from land animals. They hunted and ate mainly fish, squid and sea trout, including presumably
the long-standing Plesiosauria.
This predator thanks his name (also maashagedis) to his spot: on the banks of the Meuse in Maastricht near St. Peter’s mountain. This animal lived in the Netherlands millions of years ago. This big fishy had several fins that helped him maneuver through the water. With a length of 16 meters and a weight of 17 tons, this was a really heavy weight swam through the water.
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The Tylosaurus was in its own time the biggest sea creature that lived. After his time there were a number of larger specimens, but this animal was already impressive with its length of 17.5 meters. The Tylosaurus lived in the waters around North America. The most typical of this predator is its long sharp muzzle. He could use this to injure his prooies before he hit his impressive sharp teeth.
When you want to know where the whale comes from, you have to look at the basilosaurus. This is one of the precursors of the whale as we know it today. The head of the basilosaurus is a lot smaller, especially compared to the rest of its body. This predator seems to have lived everywhere. There are fossils found in different states of America, but also in Egypt and Pakistan. Both North America and Africa and the Middle East were thus trusted places for this predator of 18 meters long.
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Between all sea creatures is the largest predator ever lived on land. The spinosaurus could reach 18 meters and defeated all other land animals on earth. Striking is the head of this animal, because the spinosaurus looks very much on a crocodile. His sharp teeth are in the same long mouth. The rest of his body is still unknown, because there is never a complete skeleton of this dinosaur found.
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This 18-meter seagull seems to be a lot of sharks that we still see today. Only the megalodon is a number of sizes larger than the average shark. His teeth are larger than a human hand and are still found around the world today.
It is especially its incredibly long neck that makes the Mauisaurus the second place in this list. With a length of 20 meters these sea creatures were impressive. They lived in the waters around New Zealand, and were able to swim fast thanks to their handy flippers.
The greatest predator ever lived on earth is still alive! The porpoise has left all these dinosaurs behind and still swims in the deep seawater. These whales can be 20 meters long and weigh 50,000 kilograms.Among other things, they feed on giant squid and squid fish. They are mostly recognizable by their blunt nose. Their head is very big, because it takes up to a third of their body.