Arcovenator

Name: Arcovenator ‭(‬Arc hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Arc-o-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: Thierry Tortosaa,‭ ‬Eric Buffetauta,‭ ‬Nicolas Vialleb,‭ ‬Yves Dutourb,‭ ‬Eric Turinib‭ & ‬Gilles Cheylan‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauridae,‭ ‬Majungasaurinae.
Species: A.‭ ‬escotae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬5‭ ‬to‭ ‬6‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: France,‭ ‬Aix-en-Provence Basin‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lower Argiles Rutilantes Formation.
Time period: Late Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: ‭ ‬Partial skull as well as partial post cranial remains including two caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae,‭ ‬a right tibia and fibula‭ (‬lower leg bones‭)‬.

       Arcovenator is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now France during the late cretaceous.‭ ‬Although only known from partial remains,‭ ‬similarities to relative genera such as Majungasaurus from Madagascar,‭ ‬as well as Indosaurus and Rajasaurus from India have been made.‭ ‬Comparison to these others‭ ‬has led to speculation that the Arcovenator holotype individual would have been between five and six meters long.‭ ‬The discovery of Arcovenator was made when researchers examined a stretch of rock before construction of a stretch of the A8‭ ‬motorway took place.‭ ‬Excavation of the fossils was funded‭ ‬by the Escota company,‭ ‬and the Arcovantor type species name A.‭ ‬escotae is in honour of this contribution.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new abelisaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of southern France:‭ ‬Palaeobiogeographical implications.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Annales de Paléontologie vol‭ ‬100,‭ ‬issue‭ ‬1‭ ‬p63-86.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Thierry Tortosaa,‭ ‬Eric Buffetauta,‭ ‬Nicolas Vialleb,‭ ‬Yves Dutourb,‭ ‬Eric Turinib‭ & ‬Gilles Cheylan‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.



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