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CHENANISAURUS

a meat-eating abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco.
Pronunciation: sheh-NAN-eye-SOR-us
Meaning: Chennane lizard
Author/s: Longrich et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Morocco
Chart Position: 780

Chenanisaurus barbaricus

(Chennane lizard of Barbary)Etymology
Chenanisaurus is derived from "Chennane" (for the phosphate mine of Sidi Chennane where it was found) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, barbaricus, refers to Barbary (an old European term for the collective lands of the Berber People). Barbary roughly corresponds to modern day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, and is known as Maghreb nowadays.
Discovery
The remains of Chenanisaurus were discovered at the Sidi Chennane phosphate mine in the Ouled Abdoun Basin of Morocco, North Africa.
The holotype (OCP DEK-GE 772) is a partial dentary (lower jaw bone) with four tooth roots and three crowns. Referred specimens consist of three isolated teeth (OCP DEK-GE-457, and OCP DEK-GE-458 and WDC-CCPM-005), the last of which was described by Eric Buffetaut in 2005.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 8 meters
Est. max. hip height: 2.5 meters
Est. max. weight: 2.5 tons
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Luke Mahler (2005) "Record of Abelisauridae (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Cenomanian of Morocco". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(1):236-239.
• Eric Buffetaut, François Escuillié and Burkhart Pohl (2005) "First theropod dinosaur from the Maastrichtian phosphates of Morocco". Kaupia 14:3–8.
• Nicholas R. Longrich, Xabier Pereda-Suberbiola, Nour-Eddine Jalil, Fatima Khaldoune and Essaid Jourani (2017) "An abelisaurid from the latest Cretaceous (late Maastrichtian) of Morocco, North Africa". Cretaceous Research (advance online publication).
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Atkinson, L. "CHENANISAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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