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"Your arms are... pretty much vestigial at this point! Ha!"
Darius Bowman(src)

Carnotaurus (meaning "meat-eating bull") is an extinct genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in Argentina during the Late Cretaceous period. It was one of the most bizarre yet dangerous meat-eating dinosaurs ever found. Its skull was short, with spiked armor in the form of feature scales across its body (skin impressions show this, although it is unknown around the face since the impressions for that area were destroyed) on the top and a pair of knobby horns over its small eyes. The neck and shoulder blades were well developed, but the arms were incredibly short, with forearms so shrunken they were practically just wrists; not even Tyrannosaurus rex had such small arms.[1]

With its small skull and weak bite force, Carnotaurus might not have been able to attack big plant-eaters, but it was probably fast due to its long and powerfully built legs and could have easily chased down smaller, agile prey.[1] In fact, research has indicated that despite Carnotaurus’ small head, its jaws were able to open very widely apart from other theropod dinosaurs in order to catch prey.

The horns of Carnotaurus look something like those of a bull - and like a bull, it may have used them in contests with others of its own species. In this way, two Carnotaurus could test each other's strength without either of them seriously injuring the other.[1]

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The Carnotaurus clones look a bit different from their real-life counterparts. They were slightly oversized, being 10.4 meters (34.10 feet) rather than 8 meters (26.2 feet) when fully grown, had pronated wrists like all of InGen’s cloned theropods, has a shrink-wrapped face, had spikes rather than rounded osteoderms, lacks lips covering its teeth, has larger arms than in life with actual elbows, claws on all four fingers rather than just three of the four of the originals, and the speed was reduced. There seem to be at least three color variations of the Carnotaurus: one is a subdued red with several black marks across its entire body, while the other is mainly black with reddish-pink marks going from the face and across the back, and the third variant possess green body with light brown belly and a light red-orange stripe running from it snout to it back and all the way to the tip of it tail. At least one individual, which would latter be nicknamed Toro by a group of campers from Camp Cretaceous, was kept within a quarantine pen due to it being deemed too aggressive for guest viewing.


During the island's volcano eruption, a Carnotaurus exhibited aggressive behavior, potentially driven by high levels of hunger. It displayed a tendency to prey on food sources, including humans. However, this particular Carnotaurus spotted a larger prey, a Sinoceratops of similar size, and attempted to tackle it but was unsuccessful. Despite the failed attempt, the Carnotaurus persisted in hunting the humans once again.

A Carnotaurus was observed displaying hunting behavior towards Mills, but it noticed the presence of a larger theropod, Rexy, nearby. The Carnotaurus adopted a low stance, indicating its readiness to pounce, but it hesitated due to the potential threat posed by the larger predator. Instead, it attempted to snatch food from Rexy. However, this action led to an attack from Rexy, who forcefully smacked the Carnotaurus away with her head. As a result, the smaller theropod quickly fled from the food.

Physical Attributes[]

The Carnotaurus, known as Toro, possesses a robust and muscular physique that enables its survival in challenging situations. During an explosion intended to knock him down, Toro experienced burns on his body, felt pain, and likely became exhausted from chasing the campers, causing him to give up. However, after a period of healing, Toro displayed remarkable resilience and recovery abilities when faced with Ben and Bumpy. Despite being pushed off a cliff that was 2-3 times his own body length, Toro managed to survive the fall, although he roared in evident pain.

Another Carnotaurus exhibits similar strength, allowing it to engage in combat with the Sinoceratops. While initially knocked down, this Carnotaurus delivered a forceful kick upon falling, showcasing its resilience. Despite enduring the attacks of Sinoceratops and successfully recovering, the Carnotaurus ultimately met its demise due to a non-lethal bite from the Tyrannosaurus. The weight of the Tyrannosaurus rex was sufficient to crush the neck of Carnotaurus with a single footstep.

It is worth noting that during a dispute over food, one Carnotaurus received a smack from Rexy's head but quickly retreated. This demonstrates the recognition of Carnotaurus of a superior opponent and its ability to assess and withdraw from a potentially disadvantageous situation.


Two Carnotaurus were recreated for the original Jurassic Park, but they were never transferred to Isla Nublar. It is unknown what happened to them after Hurricane Clarissa struck the Isla Sorna.

In 2009, Carnotaurus became one of the dinosaurs exhibited as an attraction in Jurassic World. However, the exact attraction in which it was included is unknown, as the dinosaur was not mentioned in any of the advertising brochures for the park. At least one Carnotaurus named Toro ultimately proved to be too aggressive, which is why he was housed in a paddock away from the visitors.

Jurassic World[]

Genetic material of Carnotaurus was, in 2014, used in the creation of the genetic hybrid Indominus rex.[2]

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous[]

Main article: Toro

The campers left on Isla Nublar were chased by a Carnotaurus they named Toro.

While Jurassic World was still open, they began keeping Carnotaurus. In 2015, Darius and Kenji snuck into Toro's paddock so as to avoid their punishment of cleaning the dinosaur dung they were required to do so after their counselors Dave and Roxie ordered them for entering the Raptor Paddock with Brooklynn unsupervised. While realizing that they were inside the paddock, Toro chases them and the two barely escape via a feeding container, in which Toro gains a scar on his snout.[3] Later, the Indominus rex breaks Toro free from his paddock, allowing him to roam free.[4]

Toro roaring

Toro suffered burns from an explosion after attacking the campers in the Jurassic World maintenance tunnels.

Later, the campers run into Toro when they were getting on a Monorail, resulting in a hide and seek game temporarily, and then Toro chased them up the stairs until the platforms holding the stairs collapsed.[5] The campers then confront Toro again in the tunnels and chases them, with the campers temporarily escaping into a large room where they attempt to light up crates and explosives to defeat Toro, and succeed in one large explosion destroying the wall blocking them and injuring Toro. Wounded and exhausted, Toro withdrew from the pursuit, leaving the campers and the tunnels.[6]

Some time later, Toro tried to hunt Ben and Bumpy, as they were separated from the other campers at the time. As the episode progresses where Ben gains courage, he battles Toro with Bumpy, now a sub-adult, coming in recently, and they send him falling down a cliff.[7] While Toro wasn't killed by the fall, he was gravely injured.

In 2016, Toro was captured and controlled by Mantah Corp while being taken to its island alongside a Dimorphodon, a male Baryonyx named Limbo and Bumpy. There, the three carnivores attack the campers alongside the Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park III only for them to be free. It is likely that Toro reside in the Redwood forest of the island.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom[]

It is revealed that there are surviving Carnotaurus populations remaining on Isla Nublar, but will now face an impending danger, alongside many other creatures, in the form of an erupting volcano.[8] By 2018, it was known that Carnotaurus was subject to cruelty at some point in the past, according to the DPG.[9]


A Carnotaurus was found during the eruption of Mount Sibo.

It first is shown that a Carnotaurus attacked Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Franklin Webb as the volcano exploded at the Gyrosphere 08. It peers close to the Gyrosphere and roars. Soon, a Sinoceratops starts fighting with the Carnotaurus during the eruption. After a short fight, the Sinoceratops runs off and the Carnotaurus returned to attacking the humans. It begins to charge the humans but Rexy intercepted and pinned it down during the chaos, killing the Carnotaurus in the process.[8]


A Carnotaurus stole part of Eli Mills' remains after he was shredded by Rexy.

At least two Carnotaurus were captured by Eli Mills and brought to the Lockwood Manor and were freed along with the other dinosaurs by Maisie Lockwood. One of the Carnotaurus, who has a broken horn and scars on its face, joins the Rexy of Isla Nublar in tearing apart and eating Eli Mills as he attempts to flee the manor with the Indominus rex DNA sample that is eventually smashed underfoot during the attack. Rexy then knocks over the Carnotaurus with her head and the Carnotaurus gets up and runs off.[8] It is a popular fan theory that this "Carnotaurus" is Toro due to its many scars, black skin with dark red marks across its body, and its stunted/broken horn.

The remaining Carnotaurus now roam the wild areas of the United States of America.

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory[]

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A green Carnotaurus was among one of the dinosaurs caught and crated in a shipment during an illegal smuggling operation.

When Mateo drove a DPW truck into the warehouse, breaking the building, and knocking the Nublar Six and the Atrociraptors down, four dinosaurs managed to break free from their containers as they regained consciousness, specifically a Pachyrhinosaurus, a Suchomimus, a pair of Parasaurolophus, and the Carnotaurus itself. As the four dinosaurs attacked the people on the dock, the Suchomimus went to attack one of the Parasaurolophus, but was stopped by an attack from the Carnotaurus. As they both fought, the Parasaurolophus ran away and the Carnotaurus rammed the Suchomimus into a giant container, accidentally releasing the Tyrannosaurus Big Eatie from it. The two carnivores ran off as the Tyrannosaurus rex roared.

Jurassic World: Dominion[]

Allosaurus and Carnotaurus attack

Carnotaurus and Allosaurus rampaging in a Maltese city.

By 2022, the Department of Prehistoric Wildlife had documented reports of Carnotaurus in Llangynog, Oswestry Wales, North Carolina, USA, and Canahuas, Peru.[10]

Later that year, both a juvenile Carnotaurus and the scared adult from the Lockwood Manor were kept within the Amber Clave Night Market in Malta for its fight pit, the adult was planned to be pitted against an Allosaurus and the juvenile against a Lystrosaurus named Leonard. As the juvenile's fight began, French Intelligence stopped a deal occurring just outside the market, and Rainn Delacourt attempted to escape by running back through the market pursued by Owen Grady. In an attempt to lose his pursuer, Rainn shot the locks to the crates holding the adult Carnotaurus and Allosaurus, but was caught between them and fell into the fight pit with a juvenile Baryonyx. As he attempted to escape, he was tackled into the fight pit with the juvenile Carnotaurus and Lystrosaurus by Owen and began fighting him. During the fight, the juvenile Carnotaurus leapt and roared at Owen when he slid to dodge a swipe from Rainn. Eventually Owen knocked Rainn over, where both the Carnotaurus and Lystrosaurus bite down on his arms (with the Carnotaurus proceeding to devour the entire right one) and forced him in place as Owen forcefully questioned him until the juvenile Baryonyx came in and ate Rainn's head. As this was occurring, the adult Carnotaurus and Allosaurus rampaged through the market and attacked some of its patrons, with the Carnotaurus causing one patron to accidentally set himself on fire when the dinosaur roared at him, eventually getting him and another patron who attempted to extinguish him to get eaten by the Allosaurus, until they escaped into the city the market was situated in. As Owen drove past them while being chased by a pair of Atrociraptors, the Carnotaurus roared at a man on an electric scooter, distracting him before the Allosaurus eats him. It is possible that the Carnotaurus now resides in the wild after Biosyn's collapse and probably in the global sanctuary.



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