Vital statistics
Attributes Similar to Tyrannosaurus rex; top predator in Mongolia; short arms; powerful jaws
Diet Saurolophus; other animals
Fossil finds Asia
Temporal fossil range Cretaceous
75 to 65mya
Other names
Production information
Notable individuals
TV appearances Chased by Dinosaurs: The Giant Claw
Sea Monsters: Dangerous Seas
Book appearances
It must be a Tarbosaurus. That's the Asian cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Chased by Dinosaurs: The Giant Claw

Tarbosaurus was a tyrannosaur from the Cretaceous. It was the Asian cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Physical appearance and biologyEdit

Tarbosaurus was a large theropod dinosaur. It had a large skull lined with banana-shaped teeth. It had large jaws which were designed to crush bone. It had small arms with two, clawed digits on each hand.

Tarbosaurus was dark grey with a light grey underbelly and splodges.

Behaviour and traitsEdit

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Nigel Marven hiding from a Tarbosaurus. (The Giant Claw)

Tarbosaurus was a tyrannosaur - basically the Asian cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex. It was a highly aggressive animal that would attack anything that was made of meat, from the hadrosaur Saurolophus to the bizarre herbivorous theropod Therizinosaurus.

However, despite its deadly reputation, the creature wasn't entirely invincible. Animals such as Therizinosaurus had extraordinary means of defence which even for Tarbosaurus were hard to bypass.

Tarbosaurus, like its North American relative, had large jaws which were capable of producing an extraordinarily strong bite. With its jaws coupled with large, banana-shaped teeth, not only could it tear through meat but it could also crush bone.

An exclusive trait showcased in the tyrannosaurs were its tiny arms. These short forelimbs were useless at close combat or any other physical actions. These arms had two digits per arm - another odd physical appearance.

In Chased by DinosaursEdit

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The Tarbosaurus snapping its jaws at a Therizinosaurus. (The Giant Claw)

The Giant ClawEdit

Nigel Marven spotted a Tarbosaurus dangerously close to him and the cameraman. Nigel and the cameraman hid in the nearby foliage as the predator approached ever closer. Fortunately for Nigel and his partner, the tyrannosaur didn't notice them and wandered off. As the Tarbosaurus left, Nigel read about the creature in his textbook.

After being chased by a pack of Velociraptors, Nigel heard and saw a herd of Saurolophus escaping a lake. As he observed closer, he saw a Tarbosaurus coming to the lake to drink.

However, before the Tarbosaurus could drink, a large Therizinosaurus appeared from the forest, also wanting to clench its thirst. The two theropods faced off, first by circling and roaring at each other. Then, the Tarbosaurus snapped its jaws at its opponent but only just missed. The Therizinosaurus retaliated and raked the Tarbosaurus' head with its claws. After the attack, the tyrannosaur backed down and fled.

In Sea MonstersEdit

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Nigel Marven running away from a Tarbosaurus. (Dangerous Seas)

The Seventh Deadliest Sea EverEdit

A Tarbosaurus chased Nigel Marven down a shallow stream and then cornered him on the cliffs near the shore. Faced with little options, Nigel jumped into the Xiphactinus-infested sea. The Tarbosaurus, which had just lost its meal, roared in frustration.

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