Named By: Barbara Sanchez-Hernández and Michael J. Benton - 2012.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Ceratosauria.
Species: C. cirugedae (type).
Known locations: Spain, Teruel Province - Camarillas Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Fragmentary post cranial remains and a tooth.
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.
Filling the ceratosaur gap: A new ceratosaurian theropod from the Early Cretaceous of Spain, Barbara Sanchez-Hernández and Michael J. Benton - 2012