Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rahiolisaurus, a new Lameta abelisaurid

Remember that incomplete abelisaurid skeleton Chatterjee and Rudra (1996) illustrated?  It's finally getting described and named.  Thanks to a bibliographic entry in Mendez et al. (2010), we know its name- Rahiolisaurus gujaratensis.  According to Chatterjee and Rudra's skeletal reconstruction, the arms were quite plesiomorphic, but we'll see what the actual bones say in June.

Chatterjee and Rudra, 1996. KT events in India: impact, rifting, volcanism and dinosaur extinction. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 39(3), 489-532.
Mendez, Novas and Chatterjee, 2010.  An abelisaurid humerus from the Upper Cretaceous of India. Palaontol Z. DOI 10.1007/s12542-010-0055-z
Novas, Chaterjee, Rudra and Datta, 2010. Rahiolisaurus gujaratensis, n. gen. n. sp., a new abelisaurid theropod from the Late Cretaceous of India. In Bandyopadhyay (ed). New Aspects of Mesozoic Biodiversity. 132. Heidelberg: Springer. Lecture Notes in Earth Science.

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