Name: Llukalkan ‭(‬one who causes fear‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lu-kal-kan.
Named By: Federico A.‭ ‬Gianechini,‭ ‬Ariel H.‭ ‬Méndez,Leonardo S.‭ ‬Filippi,‭ ‬Ariana Paulina-Carabaja,‭ ‬Rubén D.‭ ‬Juárez-Valieri‭ & ‬Alberto C.‭ ‬Garrido‭ ‬-‭ ‬2021.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauridae,‭ ‬Furileusauria.
Species: L.‭ ‬aliocranianus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Reconstructed skull size roughly‭ ‬46‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bajo de la Carpa Formation.
Time period: Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.‭ ‬Partial posterior elements of the jaw.

       Llukalkan is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in South America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬As with‭ ‬other dinosaurs of its kind,‭ ‬Llukalkan would have been a predator.‭ ‬Though the holotype skull of Llukalkan is fragmentary,‭ ‬analysis of the inner ear has revealed that Llukalkan might have had better hearing than other abelisaurid dinosaurs.‭ ‬The holotype skull of Llukalkan‭ ‬was also found about seven hundred meters away from where‭ ‬another abelsiaurid dinosaur named Viavenator was discovered.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Furileusaurian Abelisaurid from La Invernada‭ (‬Upper Cretaceous,‭ ‬Santonian,‭ ‬Bajo De La Carpa Formation‭)‬,‭ ‬Northern Patagonia,‭ ‬Argentina.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬-‭ ‬Federico A.‭ ‬Gianechini,‭ ‬Ariel H.‭ ‬Méndez,Leonardo S.‭ ‬Filippi,‭ ‬Ariana Paulina-Carabaja,‭ ‬Rubén D.‭ ‬Juárez-Valieri‭ & ‬Alberto C.‭ ‬Garrido‭ ‬-‭ ‬2021.


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