Top 7 rarest dinosaurs

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Canterbury this spring, why not go dino-mad at the Marlowe Theatre with Dinosaur World Live? This impressive show is designed specially for kids, and uses stunning puppetry to introduce the whole family to favourites such as Triceratops as well as lesser-known dinosaurs like Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus (not to be confused with Stegosaurus!). You may even come face-to-face with the king of dinos himself - Tyrannosaurus Rex. As family days out in Canterbury go, it’s one of the best so book your tickets before they become extinct!


If you love to learn about dinosaurs, why not test your knowledge and see if you’ve heard of these - the seven rarest dinosaurs?


7. Suzhousaurus

The seventh rarest dinosaur is Suzhousaurus, which was found in China and is thought to have resembled a large rodent. It was likely a herbivore, but because the skeletons that have been found are so few, and only partial, it’s hard to know much more. Scientists think these reptiles were covered with feathers.


  1. Incisivosaurus

Another herbivore found in China, Incisivosaurus resembled an ostrich, but with sharp front teeth like a rodent. Again, because only a few fossils have been found, not much more than this is known about the elusive dinosaur.


5. Gigantoraptor

You’ll meet the tiny Microraptor if you go to see Dinosaur World Live, but at the other end of the scale is Gigantoraptor, a dinosaur that was as heavy as a car! It’s thought to have had feathers, and ate eggs, fruit, and smaller dinosaurs - but scientists have only discovered one type of specimen to draw their conclusions.


4. Elaphrosaur

Discovered in Tanzania, Africa, in 2020 this mid-size reptile had a light, long body with short hind legs. Not much more is known - the fossil that was found lived 110 million years ago!


3. Oviraptor and eggs

Another discovery from China, Oviraptor was first found in 1923 and from a single fossil, scientists could determine that it was small, feathered and toothless. In 2021, another group of palaeontologists found a fossilised oviraptor brooding on 24 eggs, enabling them to learn a little more. This dino was strong and ate eggs, shellfish and hard fruits.


2. Deinonychus

Scientists have only described one species of Deinonychus, found in North America. It grew up to 3.4 metres, had large talons, and ate meat. The most complete skeleton of Deinonychus ever found was named Hector, and now belongs to a private collector.


1. Berthasaura Leopoldinae

This dino’s name is quite a mouthful! Discovered in Brazil in 2021, it is the rarest dinosaur, and lived between 70 and 80 million years ago. Palaeontologists think it was toothless. Its name pays tribute to Bertha Lutz, a Brazilian women’s rights activist, and Maria Leopoldina, the first Empress of Brazil.


Don’t forget to book tickets to Dinosaur World Live, playing from 31 March to 2 April in Canterbury; things to do with your family don’t get much more roarsome than this!