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Go on a savage safari and encounter some of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring creatures from the past in their roaring, hissing, animatronic glory. Witness the mighty jaws of the megalodon, hear the scream of the terror bird, and marvel at the ferocity of our dinosaurs and titanoboa. While on the trail, uncover facts about the lives and habitats of these prehistoric marvels, enriching your adventure with knowledge and wonder.
Sabertooth Tiger
○ Saber-toothed tigers, also known as Smilodon, lived during the Pleistocene epoch, approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.
○ They had long, curved canine teeth, reaching lengths of up to 7 inches.
○ Saber-toothed tigers were not closely related to modern tigers but belonged to a distinct lineage.
○ They were apex predators, hunting large herbivores like mammoths and bison.
○ The Megalodon, one of the largest predators, could reach lengths of up to 60-70 feet (18-21 meters).
○ It existed approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs.
○ Megalodon likely primarily preyed on large marine mammals like whales and dolphins.
○ Despite its dominance, Megalodon went extinct around 3.6 million years ago, possibly due to various environmental factors.
○ Titanoboa, the largest snake ever known to have existed, lived approximately 60-58 million years ago during the Paleocene epoch.
○ It could reach lengths of up to 42 feet and weighed as much as 2,500 pounds.
○ Titanoboa thrived in the swamps of ancient South America, where temperatures were significantly warmer than today.
○ As a top predator, Titanoboa likely fed on large prey such as fish, turtles, and crocodilians.
○ Gigantosaurus was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs, measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing around 8 tons, making it larger than Tyrannosaurus rex.
○ They lived approximately 99 to 97 million years ago, in what is now South America.
○ As a carnivore, they likely preyed upon large herbivorous dinosaurs like the long-necked sauropods, as well as other smaller dinosaurs.
○ The first fossils were discovered in the late 20th century in Argentina. Its name, meaning "giant southern lizard," reflects its massive size and geographical origin.
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Terror Bird
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