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ARCOVENATOR

Pronunciation: AHR-ko-vuh-NAY-tor
Meaning: Arc (river) hunter
Authors: Tortosa et al. (2013)
Previous names: None known
First discovery: Puy-Saint-Martin, France
Roar factor: 8/10

Arcovenator escotae

Arcovenator has a more exciting tale to tell than most. It was dug up with what paleontologists believe to be a Neolithic-age human skeleton near the city-commune of Aix-en-Provence during the widening of the A8 motorway between Châteauneuf-le-Rouge and Saint Maximin, and we will bet our bottoms that this is interpreted as evidence of dinosaurs and humans co-existing by certain members of a certain religion.

Sorry chaps. Depth-wise there was some 75 million years of muck between them, but Arcosaurus did succeed where Tarascosaurus salluvicus so miserably failed; by proving without a doubt that abelisaurids inhabited what is now France during the Late Cretaceous.

Like many abelisaurids, the skull of Arcosaurus is highly ornamented and is somewhat dome-topped. On the theropod dinosaur family tree it appears to be closest to Majungasaurus — whose super-domed skull prompted paleontologists to name it Majungatholus and erroneously assign it to Pachycephalauria upon discovery — so Tortosa and co-authors raised a new family, Majungasaurinae, to house them in 2013.
(Escota's Arc River hunter)Etymology
Arcovenator is derived from "Arc" (for the River Arc which passes through Aix-en-Provence) and the Latin "venator" (hunter).
The species epithet, escotae, honors Escota, a motorway concession company which has been funding the excavation since 2006.
Discovery
The remains of Arcovenator were discovered in the Grès à Reptiles Formation near Pourrières, Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.
The holotype (ref?) includes a fragmentary skull with teeth, associated lower leg bones and tail vertebra. More tail vertebra and teeth found at the same depth and nearby were also referred to the species.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Period: Late Cretaceous
Timespan: 76-72 million years ago
Age: Campanian
Vital Stats:
Est. Max. Length: 6 meters
Est. Max. Height: ?
Est. Max. Weight: 750 kg
Diet: Carnivorous
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Ceratosauria
Abelisauroidea
Abelisauridae
Majungasaurinae
Arcovenator
escotae
References
• Thierry Tortosa, Eric Buffetaut, Nicolas Vialle, Yves Dutour, Eric Turini, Gilles Cheylan (2013) "A new abelisaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of southern France: Palaeobiogeographical implications".
                    
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