Pronunciation: lee-GAH-boo-eh-SOR-us Meaning: Ligabue's Lizard Author/s: Jose Bonaparte et al. (2006) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Neuquén, Argentina Chart Position: 487
(Leanza and Ligabue's Lizard)EtymologyLigabuesaurus is derived from "Ligabue" (in honor of Italian doctor Giancario Ligabue) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). This was the third of three dinosaurs named by José Bonaparte in Ligabue's honor, behind Ligabueino andesi (1996) and Agustinia ligabuei (1999). The species epithet, leanzai, is dedicated to geologist Dr. Héctor A. Leanza who discovered it.
DiscoveryThe remains of Ligabuesaurus were discovered at Cerro de los Leones, level 2, in the Cullín Grande Member of the Lohan Cura Formation, Neuquén, Argentina, by Dr. Héctor A. Leanza. The holotype (MCF-PHV-233) is a partial skeleton.