Quilmesaurus

Name: Quilmesaurus.
Phonetic: Kwil-me-sor-us.
Named By: R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Coria‭ ‬-‭ ‬2001.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauridae,‭ ‬Carnotaurini.
Species: Q.‭ ‬curriei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Tibia about‭ ‬52.9‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬preserved length of femur‭ ‬35‭ ‬centimetres‭ (‬upper portion of femur is missing‭)‬.‭ ‬Total body size uncertain due to lack of remains‭ ‬but roughly estimated to be about‭ ‬4.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: ‭ ‬Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Allen Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Right tibia‭ (‬lower leg bone‭) ‬and a partial lower portion of the right femur‭ (‬upper leg bone).

       Named in‭ ‬2001,‭ ‬Quilmesaurus is so far known only from two right leg bones,‭ ‬and one of those is incomplete.‭ ‬This makes it very hard to establish details about Quilmesaurus,‭ ‬but assuming that the genus has similar body proportions to other abelisaurid dinosaurs then it is possible to scale the existing fossils of Quilmesaurus to get a very rough idea to the physical size and shape.‭ ‬For example,‭ ‬basing Quilmesaurus upon Aucasaurus body proportions and then scaling the remains to make the tibia fifty-three centimetres long results in a total size reconstruction of up to about four and a half meters.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New theropod from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Mesozoic Vertebrate Life‭ ‬3-9.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Coria‭ ‬-‭ ‬2001.
-‭ ‬Quilmesaurus curriei Coria,‭ ‬2001.‭ ‬Su validez taxonómica y relaciones filogenéticas.‭ ‬-‭ ‬XX Jornadas Argentinas de Paleontología de Vertebrados‭ (‬La Plata‭)‬,‭ ‬Resúmenes,‭ ‬p.‭ ‬36-37.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Juárez Valieri,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Fiorelli‭ & ‬L.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Cruz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
-‭ ‬Quilmesaurus curriei Coria,‭ ‬2001.‭ ‬Su validez taxonómica y relaciones filogenéticas.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales‭ “‬Bernardino Rivadavia‭” – ‬Paleontología,‭ ‬9‭(‬1‭)‬:‭ ‬59-66.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Juárez Valieri,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Fiorelli‭ & ‬L.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Cruz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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