Thursday, 14 January 2016

Rugops primus

Rugops primus

Sereno, Wilson and Conrad, 2004

Meaning of generic name
Ruga, wrinkle (Latin); ops<i>, face (Greek).

Meaning of specific name
primus, first (Latin). Named for its significance as one of the earliest abelisaurids with textured external skull surfaces.

Length: 24 - 30 ft (7 - 9 m)

Holotype: MNN IGU1, Partial cranium lacking the posterolateral portions of the skull roof and palate.

[Skull length nearly measured, part lacking calculated, body length calculated, then.]

Age and Distribution
Horizon: Echkar Formation, Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian).

Locality: Near In Abangharit, Niger Republic, Africa

Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Ceratosauria Abelisauroidea Abelisauridae

Further Reading
Sereno, P., Wilson, J. & Conrad. 2004. New dinosaurs link southern landmasses in the Mid-Cretaceous. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 271, 1325-1330.

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