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QUILMESAURUS

a meat-eating abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina.
Pronunciation: KEEL-may-SOR-us
Meaning: Quilme lizard
Author/s: Coria (2001)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Rio Negro, Argentina
Chart Position: 403

Quilmesaurus curriei

(Currie's Quilme Lizard)Etymology
Quilmesaurus is derived from "Quilme" (an indigenous tribe of Diaguita peoples from what is now Tucumán in northwest Argentina) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). Incidently, Quilmes is also a Buenos Aires-based brewery, founded in 1888 by a German immigrant. Their Quilmes beer is touted as Argentina's favourite brew though we suspect, like San Miguel to the Spanish, not by Argentinians. The species epithet, curriei (KUHR-ee-ie) honors Canadian paleontologist Philip J. Currie.
Discovery
The remains of Quilmesaurus were discovered at Salitral Ojo de Aqua in the Allen Formation, 40km south of Roca City, Rio Negro Province, Argentina, in the late 1980s by a Universidad Nacional de Tucumán field crew, led by Jaime Powell.
The holotype (MPCA-PV-100) is a partial right femur (thigh) and a right tibia (shin).
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian-Maastrichtian
Age range: 73-066 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 6 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 1.5 tons
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Coria R. A. (2001) "A new theropod from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia" in Tanke D. H. and Carpenter K. (eds.) "Mesozoic Vertebrate Life".
• Juárez Valieri R.D, Fiorelli L.E. and Cruz L.E. (2004) "Quilmesaurus curriei Coria, 2001. Su validez taxonómica y relaciones filogenéticas".
• Coria R. A. and Salgado L. (2005) "Last Patagonian theropods" in Carpenter K. (ed.) "The Carnivorous Dinosaurs".
• Novas F. E. (2009) "The Age of Dinosaurs in South America".
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Atkinson, L. "QUILMESAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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