Dahalokely

Name: Dahalokely ‭(‬Small thief‭)‬.
Phonetic: Dah-hah-lo-kee-ley.
Named By: Andrew A.‭ ‬Farke‭ & ‬Joseph J.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Sertich‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauroidea.
Species: D.‭ ‬tokana‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains,‭ ‬but roughly estimated to have been around‭ ‬3.5‭ ‬meters long,‭ ‬but only if it was built like other abelisaurids.
Known locations: Madagascar‭ ‬-‭ ‘‬Ambolafotsy Formation‭’‬.
Time period: Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains including cervical‭ (‬neck‭) ‬and dorsal‭ (‬back‭) ‬vertebrae and partial ribs.

       Dahalokely is so far only known by very incomplete remains,‭ ‬but if it‭’‬s identification as an abelisauroid is correct,‭ ‬then it certainly was very small for its type.‭ ‬Alternatively,‭ ‬if Dahalokely turns out to be a noasaur,‭ ‬a group of theropods closely related to abelisaurs,‭ ‬then it would be expected to have a more elongated build,‭ ‬making Dahalokely‭ ‬ more like around the four to five and a half meter mark.‭ ‬Unfortunately it is difficult to infer anything else about this dinosaur due to the lack of remains.

Further reading
-‭ ‬An Abelisauroid Theropod Dinosaur from the Turonian of Madagascar,‭ ‬Andrew A.‭ ‬Farke‭ & ‬Joseph J.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Sertich‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.



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