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Rajasaurus
2012-03-21 22:24:46

Rajasaurus, meaning “Kingly lizard,” is a genus of abelisaurian theropod dinosaur that lived on the land masses associated with the super-continent Gondwanaland. The first fossils were discovered by Suresh Srivastava from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) between 1982 and 1984. Excavated from the Narmada River valley in Rahioli in the Kheda district of Gujarat, India, the find was...

Majungasaurus
2012-03-20 22:48:28

Majungasaurus, meaning “Mahajanga lizard,” is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Madagascar (70 to 65.5 million years ago). The type species is M. crenatissimus. Majungasaurus was first described by French paleontologist Charles Depéret in 1896 from a fossil that included two teeth, a claw, and some vertebrae discovered along the...

Skorpiovenator
2010-12-14 22:48:25

Skorpiovenator is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Cenomanian Stage of the Late Cretaceous Period of Argentina (about 93 million years ago). It was discovered in the lower part of the Huincul Formation in Patagonia. The type specimen, S. bustingorryi, was described and named by Canale, Scanferla, Angolin, and Novas in 2009. It is known from a single, nearly complete skeleton...

Rugops
2010-07-27 12:27:21

Rugops, meaning "wrinkle face", was a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Cenomanian stage of the Late Cretaceous Period (95 million years ago). It inhabited what is now Africa. The skull of the Rugops was found in Niger in 2000 and was a critical breakthrough in the understanding of theropods in that area. Rugops was 24 to 30 feet in length and stood about 8 feet high at the hip. It was a...

Labocania
2010-02-03 16:33:45

Labocania, meaning "red lips"(named for the La Bocana Roja Formation), is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Campanian age of the Late Cretaceous Period (70 million years ago). It lived in what is now Baja California, Mexico. The type species, L. anomala, was described in 1974 by Ralph Molnar. Labocania is known only from fragmentary remains, and its physical characteristics are not well...

Kryptops
2010-02-03 16:32:30

Kryptops, meaning "covered face", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Aptian-Albanian age of the Early Cretaceous Period of what is now Niger. It is known from a partial skeleton found in the western Ténéré Desert in the Elrhaz Formation. It was described in 2008 by Paul Sereno and Stephen Brusatte. The only species known is K. palaios. An adult Kryptops was about 20 to 23...

Masiakasaurus
2010-02-03 13:44:47

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...

Indosuchus
2010-01-27 13:32:42

Indosuchus is a genus of abelisaurid dinosaur from the Maastrichtian era of the Late Cretaceous Period (70 to 65 million years ago). It was described in 1933 from remains found in India. Its name is derived from the Ancient Greek word for India: Indos, and the Ancient Greek word for crocodile: soukhos. This was a primitive theropod related to Abelisaurus. Indosuchus was bipedal and...

Genyodectes
2009-09-29 14:34:11

Genyodectes, meaning "jaw biter", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (Aptian stage) of South America. It was collected from the Cañadón Grande, Departamento Paso de Indios in the Chubut Province of Argentina. The remains consisted of an incomplete snout, portions of the jawbone, teeth, and a few other skull bones. These remains were poorly preserved, but were...

Noasaurus
2009-09-29 14:07:30

Noasaurus, or "Northwestern Argentina lizard", is a genus of carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (late Campanian-Maastrichtian age). It was discovered in Argentina by Jaime Powell and José Bonaparte. The type species, N. leali, was described by Bonaparte and Powell in 1980. It is a close relative of the larger abelisaurs that shared its habitat. Both of these animals are...

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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