Named By: Jean Le Loeuff & Eric Buffetaut - 1991.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Ceratosauria, Abelisauridae?
Species: T. salluvicus (type).
Size: Preserved length of holotype femur 22 centimetres which accounts for a reconstructed length of 35 centimetres when complete. Scaling this to generic abelisaurid theropod dinosaur proportions results in reconstructed estimate of 2.6-2.7 meters long for the holotype individual
Known locations: France - Fuvelian Beds. Spain.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Fragmentary remains, including upper femur and 2 caudal (tail) vertebrae. Further remains from Spain have been attributed to the genus.
its appearance in dinosaur documentaries like Dinosaur
not much is known about Tarascosaurus. The type
material is very
incomplete but has still seen this dinosaur tentatively placed within
Aside from Betasuchus,
Tarascosaurus is the only
representative of this group of theropod dinosaurs which were
previously considered to be present only in the southern continents and
absent from Europe. Indeed not all palaeontologists are convinced
about the placement of Tarascosaurus with the
abelisaurs. Most of the
renditions of Tarascosaurus are based upon much
abelisaurid genera like Aucasaurus.
Tarascosaurus was named after Tarasque, a legendary dragon once said to live in Provence. Since this time the names of other legendary European dragons have been used to name genera of prehistoric creatures, one example being Smok that was named for a dragon in Polish mythology.
- Tarascosaurus salluvicus nov. gen., nov. sp., dinosaure théropode du Crétacé supérieur du sud de la France [Tarascosaurus salluvicus nov. gen., nov. sp., a theropod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France]. - Géobios 25(5):585-594 - J. Le Loeuff & E. Buffetaut - 1991.