Ekrixinatosaurus

Name: Ekrixinatosaurus ‭(‬Explosion-born lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ek-riks-in-at-oh-sore-us.
Named By: Jorge Calvo,‭ ‬David Rubilar-Rogers‭ & ‬Karen Moreno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauridae,‭ ‬Carnotaurinae.
Species: E.‭ ‬novasi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬10-11‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Candeleros Formation.
Time period: Cenomainan of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains.

       To date Ekrixinatosaurus is without doubt one of the largest abelisaurid theropods that we currently know about,‭ ‬and even at the lower estimate of ten meters long,‭ ‬Ekrixinatosaurus was still bigger than the far more famous Carnotaurus which at the time of writing‭ ‬seems to‭ ‬have had a maximum size of nine meters long.‭ ‬Because of the large size,‭ ‬Ekrixinatosaurus was probably a predator of other large dinosaur in its ecosystem such as the sauropods like Andesaurus.‭ ‬Despite‭ ‬the large size however,‭ ‬Ekrixinatosaurus was likely not the apex predator of its time and location as the even bigger carcharodontosaurid Giganotosaurus‭ ‬is also known from the same formation.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new Abelisauridae‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Theropoda‭) ‬from northwest Patagonia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ameghiniana‭ ‬41‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬555‭–‬563.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Jorge Calvo,‭ ‬David Rubilar-Rogers‭ & ‬Karen Moreno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
- ‬New information on Ekrixinatosaurus novasi Calvo et al.‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬a giant and massively-constructed Abelisauroid from the‭ "‬Middle Cretaceous‭" ‬of Patagonia‭ ‬-‭ Rubén D.‭ ‬Juárez Valieri,‭ ‬Juan D.‭ ‬Porfiri‭ & ‬Jorge O Calvo‭ ‬-‭ ‬In Paleontología y dinosarios desde América Latina.‭ ‬pp.‭ ‬161‭–‬169.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Calvo,‭ ‬González,‭ ‬Riga,‭ ‬Porfiri‭ & ‬Dos Santos‭ (‬ed.‭) ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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