(after the Rainbow serpent).
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.
- A new theropod dinosaur from South Australia. - Alcheringa 4:281-287. - R. E. Molnar and N. S. Pledge - 1980.