Top 5 biggest (and smallest) theropod dinosaurs
The iconic T. rex is a member of this group of dinosaurs, with the tiny Microraptor at the other end of the scale.
The theropods were a diverse group of dinosaurs. They walked on two legs, were mostly meat-eaters, and all had three-toed limbs.
Theropods all had hollow bones, something they have in common with their descendants, modern birds.
They include the iconic T. rex, as well as Velociraptor, Spinosaurus and Compsognathus, of Jurassic Park fame.
Top 5 heaviest theropod dinosaurs
5. Mapusaurus roseae
4. Tyrannotitan chubutensis
3. Giganotosaurus carolinii
2. Tyrannosaurus rex
1. Spinosaurus aegyptiacus
Top 5 lightest theropod dinosaurs
5. Microraptor zhaoianus
4. Epidexipteryx hui
3. Ligabueino andesi
2. Ceratonykus oculatus
1. Parvicursor remotus
Steve is a professor and palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh and the author of the book The Rise And Reign Of The Mammals (£20, Picador), a 325-million-year odyssey of mammalian evolution and the people who study mammal fossils.
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