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DAEMONOSAURUS

Pronunciation: DAY-mo-no-SOR-us
Meaning: Evil spirit lizard
Authors: Sues et al. (2011)
Previous names: None known
First discovery: New Mexico, USA
Roar factor: 5/10

Daemonosaurus chauliodus

After the discovery of dozens of small theropod skeletons at Ghost Ranch helped sweep the Coelophysis/Rioarribasaurus minefield you may think that the area had been bled dry of dinosaurs. Not so. Daemonosaurus chauliodus was discovered right smack bang in the middle of "Coelophysis quarry" no less, but some rather distinct features proved that this dog-sized critter was new to science.

Discovered by a team of scientists led by the Smithsonian Institution, the 5.5 inch long skull of Daemonosaurus is narrow and relatively deep with a short, blunt snout and huge eye sockets. These features alone stand it apart from all of the area's other small theropods but its most outstanding feature, quite literally, is its teeth. An upper jaw packed with large, forward-slanted front teeth of the non-cuddly beaver variety prompted the specific name chauliodus—derived from the Greek word for "buck-toothed"—and gave the impression that it definately meant business.

According to Hans-Dieter Sues, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History and lead author of the team's findings, the features of its skull and the presence of cavities on some neck vertebrae (the only bits currently known) plonk it right alongside Tawa as an evolutionary bridge somewhere between the primitive herrerasaurids and Eoraptor on one side and the advanced neotheropods on the other, though the status of Eoraptor is up in the air after Paul Sereno's discovery of Eodromaeus and some recent ground-shaking claims.
Etymology
Daemonosaurus is based on the Greek words "daimon" meaning evil spirit (because it was found at Ghost Ranch), and "sauros" meaning lizard.
The species epithet, chauliodus, is derived from the Greek word for "buck-toothed" and refers to the species' big slanted front teeth.
References
• Sues H-D. Nesbitt S.J, Berman D.S. and Henrici A.C. (2011) " A late-surviving basal theropod dinosaur from the latest Triassic of North America".
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Period: Late Triassic
Timespan: 204-201.5 million years ago
Age: Rhaetian
Vital Stats:
Est. Max. Length: 2.2 meters
Est. Max. Height: 0.5 meters
Est. Max. Weight: 22 kg
Diet: Carnivorous
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Daemonosaurus
chauliodus
             
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