Rahiolisaurus

Name: Rahiolisaurus ‭(‬Rahioli lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Rah-e-ol-e-sore-us.
Named By: Fernando E Novas,‭ ‬Sankar Chatterjee,‭ ‬Dhiraj K.‭ ‬Rudra‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Datta‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauridae.
Species: R.‭ ‬gujaratensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: ‭C‬arnivore.
Size: About‭ ‬8‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: India,‭ ‬Gujurat‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lameta Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of at least‭ ‬7‭ ‬individuals of varying ages.

       Named after a village near the location of the fossil site,‭ ‬Rahiolisaurus is still a surprisingly little known abelisaurid at the time of writing,‭ ‬despite it being around eight meters long.‭ ‬The fossils of this abelisaurid were originally considered to be remains of another abelisaurid named Indosuchus.‭ ‬As a large abelisaurid,‭ ‬Rahiolisaurus would have been comparable to Rajasaurus,‭ ‬another large theropod known from Lameta Formation.‭ ‬The two are separated by the simple observation that Rajasaurus is more robust‭ (‬heavily built‭) ‬than Rahiolisaurus.‭ ‬The Lameta Formation is also home to other genera including the sauropods Isisaurus and Lametasaurus amongst others,‭ ‬and it‭’‬s not impossible that Rahiolisaurus may have hunted these,‭ ‬particularly smaller juveniles.‭ ‬It would be interesting to find out why at least seven individuals of the same species were buried together.‭ ‬It could be that Rahiolisaurus lived in groups,‭ ‬or it could merely be that they had become stuck in some kind of predator trap.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Rahiolisaurus gujaratensis,‭ ‬n.‭ ‬gen.‭ ‬n.‭ ‬sp.,‭ ‬A New Abelisaurid Theropod from the Late Cretaceous of India,‭ ‬Fernando E Novas,‭ ‬Sankar Chatterjee,‭ ‬Dhiraj K.‭ ‬Rudra‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Datta‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.



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