Carcharodontosaurus vs Elaphrosaurus
The mysterious theropod Elaphrosaurus, a native of late Jurassic Tanzania, now finds itself amongst the coastal mangroves of mid Cretaceous Egypt. The weather is hot and humid. The dinosaur stands on a sandy beach bordered by mangroves on one side and brackish water channels on the other. Storm clouds start to roll in from over the ocean.
Elaphrosaurus, 6 meters in length with an elongate neck and tail, looks around at this world so different from the arid woodlands of its home. Out past the shoreline, the long, flat head of the giant crocodilian Stomatosuchus rises out of the bubbling water. Unseen monsters like giant rays, lungfish, and coelacanths glide beneath the surface.
Despite his status as a theropod, Elaphrosaurus is only a medium-sized omnivore (Rauhut & Carrano, 2016), and feels vulnerable out on the sun-baked beach. The dinosaur trots on his birdlike limbs into the mangrove woods. He doesn’t know what to expect here. After a short time wandering, Elaphrosaurus finds a muddy freshwater stream draining into the seawater. Thirsty in the heat, he lowers its small head down to drink.
After swallowing a few mouthfuls of water, Elaphrosaurus looks up across the stream. Through the trees, an enormous pair of eyes set in the triangular head of the giant carnivore Carcharodontosaurus, are staring at him. This huge predator has never seen an Elaphrosaurus, but suspects he might make a good snack.
Terror strikes Elaphrosaurus. With his sinuous body, he might be able to escape the carnivore in a chase. Unfortunately, Elaphrosaurus is so panic-stricken that he trips over his own feet when he turns dash away, and stumbles to the ground. The legs of Elaphrosaurus kick and thrash as it tries to rise up out of the grimy mud.
This is all the opportunity Carcharodontosaurus needs. Crossing the distance in a couple bounding steps, she pins the Elaphrosaurus to the ground under one foot like a bird of prey. The giant head of Carcharodontosaurus, over a meter long, comes down, and the shark-like teeth do their work.