Irritator

Name Irritator
(Ear-ah-tay-tor)
Irritator
Means Irritation
Period Early Cretaceous
Where Brazil
Size Length: 26 feet
Height: 9 feet
Weight: 2000 lbs
 

Competing for food in the brackish waters of pre-historic Brazil, Irritator may have preyed upon both land and aquatic animals as an opportunistic feeder. Strong neck muscles, nostrils shifted to the rear of the skull and a secondary palate that allowed for respiration when most of the jaw was under water made this dinosaur unique. If caught in the elongated snout and pointed teeth, escape was unlikely.

The skull of Irritator, collected, doctored with plaster and sold by illegal fossil dealers in Brazil proved such a source of frustration to paleontologists that it was the genesis of the name.