Carcharodontosaurus vs Ouranosaurus
Following its successful intimidation of Suchomimus, the Nigerian ornithopod Ouranosaurus now finds itself in the coastal mangrove woodland of Egypt, almost 100 million years ago. The dinosaur wades through a shallow channel, with dense vegetation on either side forming a wall of leaves, branches, and roots. Small rays and sharks swim around the limbs of Ouranosaurus as it carefully strides through this watery passage.
As he wanders along, Ouranosaurus hears the sound of splashing footsteps coming from behind. Not wanting to wait and find out what this could be, he begins to trot faster, the water splashing up against his belly. The sound of splashing steps behind him continues, though.
The watery channel branches off in different directions, like a path through a mangrove maze. Ouranosaurus briskly turns around one of the corners, hoping to lose his pursuer. He continues on, wading faster through the water. His more frantic footsteps disturb the local residents- small pterosaurs take off from the trees with squawking alarm calls, and turtles hurry to scamper out of the dinosaur’s way.
Working his way ever deeper into the mangrove maze, Ouranosaurus pauses to catch his breath. In the humid air he still hears the ever-approaching sound of heavy footsteps. They’re just around the last bend now.
Ouranosaurus panics, and rises up on his hind legs to try and outrun whatever is following him. However, in his rush his feet get tangled in the spidery roots of the mangroves on the shore. Ouranosaurus comes down with a violent splash. He thrashes around, trying to get himself back upright.
However, it’s now too late. The approaching footsteps herald the arrival of Carcharodontosaurus. This tiger of the mangroves finally spots the struggling Ouranosaurus. She sprints down the passage, pins Ouranosaurus down with one clawed foot, and delivers a slicing bite into the ribcage of the herbivore. Ouranosaurus tries to struggle, but soon becomes too weak to hold its head above water as the predator delivers more hideous gashes, and succumbs.
The Ouranosaurus is a bit too heavy for Carcharodontosaurus to lift on her own (Henderson, 2015), so she’ll have to eat what she can in this shallow channel, then leave the leftovers for sharks, crocodiles, and other scavengers.