Name: Camarillasaurus ‭(‬Camarillas lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Cam-ah-rill-ah-sore-us.
Named By: Barbara Sanchez-Hernández and Michael J.‭ ‬Benton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda, ‭Spinosauridae?
Species: C.‭ ‬cirugedae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Spain,‭ ‬Teruel Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Camarillas Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Fragmentary post cranial remains and a tooth.

       Although based upon the description of fragmentary fossil remains,‭ ‬the actual discovery of Camarillasaurus is a significant revelation in itself since‭ ‬it is one of the few ceratosaurs known from the early Cretaceous period.‭ ‬This is directly in between the heyday of the ceratosaurs in the late Jurassic,‭ ‬and their second revival in the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Although the discovery of late Cretaceous ceratosaurs proves that they did not disappear completely after the end of the Jurassic,‭ ‬the discovery of Camarillasaurus at least confirms that the ceratosaurs were still active in Europe. During its description,‭ ‬Camarillasaurus was treated as being phylogenetically similar‭ ‬to Limusaurus,‭ ‬one of the earliest known ceratosaurs that lived in China during the late Jurassic.
       Later in 2019 however a new assessment regarded Camarillasaurus to possibly be a spinosaur.

Further reading
- Filling the ceratosaur gap:‭ ‬A new ceratosaurian theropod from the Early Cretaceous of Spain -‭ ‬Barbara Sanchez-Hernández & Michael J.‭ ‬Benton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.- A reappraisal of the early cretaceous theropod dinosaur Camarillasaurus from spain XVII Conference of the EAVP – Brussels, Belgium. - O. W. M. Rauhut, J. Ignacio Canudo & D. Castanera - 2019.


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