The Abelisaurus was a large theropod that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period which was 70 to 66 million years ago. This dinosaur was also a member of the Abelisauridae family, which consists of other ceratosaurian theropods.
Key facts about the Abelisaurus
|What does Abelisaurus mean?||The name was derived from the last name of Robert Abel, the paleontologist who discovered the remains.|
|On the menu||Carnivore|
|Length||30 feet (9 meters)|
|Height||11 feet (3.5 meters)|
|Weight||4400lbs (2000 kg)|
|Life expectancy||We do not know enough to estimate a life expectancy|
|Legs used to get around||Bipedal.|
|Estimated top speed||Due to a lack of information and not enough evidence, the top speed is unknown.|
|When they lived||Late Cretaceous Period which was 70 to 66 million years ago.|
|Where they have been found?||TArgentina.|
When & Where
In 1983, a paleontologist named Robert Abel discovered the partial skull of an Abelisaurus dinosaur located in the Lago Pellegrini stone quarries of the Rio Negro province, in the country of Argentina.
Size & Weight
Estimated size is that it reached up to 9 meters in length, 3.5 meters in height, and weighed about 4400lbs or approximately 2000 kg.
Mobility & Diet
According to studies, it was believed that the Abelisaurus preyed on large sauropods such as the Amargasaurus, as well as smaller dinosaurs who are herbivores.
- There is only one specimen that has been discovered by paleontologists.
- Although there isn’t much knowledge about the Abelisaurus, it is believed that this dinosaur closely resembled the Tyrannosaurus Rex, another theropod.