Name: Kakuru ‭(‬after the Rainbow serpent‭)‬.
Phonetic: ‭K‬a-ku-ru.
Named By: Molnar‭ & ‬Pledge‭ ‬-‭ ‬1980.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda.
Species: K.‭ ‬kujani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Presumed carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to incomplete remains,‭ ‬but estimated between‭ ‬2‭ ‬to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Australia.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Single tibia‭ (‬lower leg bone‭).

       Like with Rapator and Ozraptor,‭ ‬Kakuru has been named from a single bone.‭ ‬Also like with Raptor,‭ ‬the type specimen of Kakuru has been turned to opal.‭ ‬The exact classification of Kakuru has been hard to establish because of the lack of identifiable remains.‭ ‬What can be said is that Kakuru was likely a theropod dinosaur and hence most probably carnivorous.‭ ‬However there have been many suggestions about what kind of theropod it was including that it could have been a coelurosaur,‭ ‬oviraptosaur to even an abelisaur.‭ ‬The type species of K.‭ ‬kujani is named after the Kujani aboriginal tribe.

Further reading
- A new theropod dinosaur from South Australia. - Alcheringa 4:281-287. - R. E. Molnar and N. S. Pledge - 1980.


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