Carnotaurus vs Patagotitan
We now find ourselves in the hot, dry scrubland of the early Cretaceous Wessex Formation, in what is now the British Isles. Patagotitan has appeared here following his riverside accident with Irritator. As a result of his fall, he now walks with a bad limp- the sauropod has suffered a broken left front limb, which is now swollen, red, and very painful. He hobbles along through the thorny shrubs, the dry heat and lack of shade not helping any.
Carnotaurus has also found his way here, some distance behind Patagotitan. His keen sense of smell detects the scent of an injured sauropod nearby, and so follows along the trail that Patagotitan has broken through the shrubland.
Carnotaurus is not in the best shape either, though. Ever since his accidental collisions with Lessemsaurus, he suffers occasional headaches and dizziness, which continue to get worse and worse. He continues to track Patagotitan, but a painful dizzy spell overcomes him as he goes, and he begins to stagger, his vision blurring. Carnotaurus shakes his head in an attempt to shake off his issues, but it has little impact.
In his pain and confusion, Carnotaurus has unknowingly caught up to Patagotitan, and is now mere inches from the end of the giant dinosaur’s tail, which bobs lazily in front of his snout. Patagotitan soon realizes he’s being closely followed, and curls his tail to the side before slowing and letting his tail fly back out with a sickening slap right into the side of Carnotaurus’ rough, scaly head (Cerroni et al., 2020).
The theropod staggers to the ground and comes to rest in the warm sand, unconscious. Though he appears to be peacefully sleeping, Carnotaurus will never wake up again. Patagotitan, meanwhile, continues to limp through the dry, rolling hills in search of some shade to lie down in.