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).
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.
- 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.