Carcharodontosauridae is an extinct family of Allosauroids , carnivorous theropods dinosaurs. Carcharodontosauridae appeared first as a clade with the genus Veterupristisaurus, in the late Jurassic era, and died out in the late Cretaceous era.
Carcharodontosaurids were among the biggest theropods dinosaurs, ones of the family's members, such as Giganotosaurus, Tyrannotitan or Carcharodontosaurus , the type species, could even reach sizes bigger than those of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Members of Carcharodontosauridae''''s family have been found in South and North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Carcharodontosaurids were mostly large, bipedal predators. Their body-plan often consisted in a bulky and long trunk, allungated jaws, big head-body ratio, and pretty long arms with three fingers at each hand.
It is considered that at least some of the last Carcharodontosaurid were pack hunters, as they needed a strong group to hunt down sauropods, their most common prey.
The smallest carcharodontosaurid ever found is Concavenator, at 21ft - 6m long, and the place of the biggest carcharodontosaurid is contended by Giganotosaurus , as it was likely in the 14-15 m lenght range (39-42,7 feet) and in the 14-15 tons weight range.
- Veterupristisaurus milneri;
- Shaochilong maortuensis;
- Kelmayisaurus petrolicus;
- Concavenator corcovatus;
- Eocarcharia dinops;
- Sauroniops pachytholus;
- Acrocanthosaurus atokensis;
- Siats meekerorum;