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Hello all, I know from reading the archives that there is a big debate
over Majungasaurus and many requests for information. I live close to
the Field Museum and I was able to examine and photograph Majungasaurus
as well as Vorona. Here is what I observed.
Majungasaurus: Definitely an abelisaur by virtue of its curved
mandible, the squasomal that lies adjacent to the tall quadrate, rugose
nasals, lack of lacrimal foramen, fusion of the skull roof elements,
Majungasaurus shows the features of abelisaurs that converge on
tyrannos : four premaxxilary teeth, rugose nasals, postorbital intruding
into thee orbit.
The Majungasaurus cranium is very tall and the antorbital and
infratemporal fenestrae take up a lot of space. The postorbital region
is widened transversely and as a consequence the orbits face forward
slightly. The nasals are strongly rugose, there seems to be a foramen of
some kind at mid-length of the nasal. Strangely the lacrimals
participate in the rugose nature of the top of the skull. A dorsally
directed bar extending from the lacrimal nearly closes of the orbit.
Opposite it another bar extends into the antorbital fenestra. Separate
from the nasals and appears to be from the frontals a distinct boss
gives the skull a dome-like appearance. The back of the skull is
broadened as in all abelisaurs. The mandible is curved and resembles
that of Carnotaurus.
Overall the skull is the basic abelisaur morph with the bumpy nasals
and sexual displays. Vorona is housed in the same exhibit as
Majungasaurus and I was able to examine and photograph it. It seems to
me that it is either a dromaeosaur or an animal related to dromaeosaurs.
I hpe this clears up some things.
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