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[dinosaur] Abelisaurid remains from Upper Cretaceous La Invernada in Argentina

Ben Creisler

A new paper

Ariel H. Méndez, Leonardo S. Filippi, Federico A. Gianecchini & Rubén D. Juárez Valieri (2017)
A new brachyrostran remains (Theropoda, Abelisauridae) from La Invernada fossil site (Bajo de la Carpa Formation, Upper Cretaceous), northern Patagonia, Argentina.
Cretaceous Research (advance online publication)
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2017.07.024

Several remains of an abelisaurid theropod including a nearly complete sacral complex articulated with both ilia, the distal boot of the pubes, the furcula, teeth, and fragments of transverse processes of caudal vertebrae was discovered in the La Invernada fossil site, northern Patagonia from the Bajo de la Carpa Formation (Santonian). The sacrum exhibit features typical of abelisauroids as narrowing of the middle sacral centra, fused neural spines forming a continuous sheet and ventral bow of the sacrum, in lateral view. The furcula represents de first mention of this bone for a South American abelisaurid. The morphology observed in the transverse processes with distal end projected forward and sagittal ridge on the ventral surface allows its assignation to the clade Brachyrostra.


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