Masiakasaurus, meaning “vicious lizard”, is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (70 million years ago), and possibly existed until the end of the dinosaur reign (66 million years ago). The type species, M. knopfleri, was named after musician Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, whose music inspired the expedition.

Unlike most theropods, the front teeth of this small predator projected forward rather than straight down. This characteristic suggests that Masiakasaurus had a specialized diet, possibly including fish and other small prey. Masiakasaurus was most likely bipedal, as its front limbs were much shorter than its hind limbs. The adult would have been about 6 to 7 feet in length.

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