dinochecker
Welcome to our RUGOPS entry...
Archived dinosaurs: 843
fb twit g+ feed
Dinosaurs from A to Z
Click a letter to view...
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U
V W X Y Z ?

RUGOPS

a meat-eating abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Niger.
rugops
Pronunciation: ROO-gops
Meaning: Wrinkle Face
Author/s: Sereno, Wilson and Conrad (2004)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Agadez, Niger
Chart Position: 443

Rugops primus

Rugops is an abelisaur; the deep and blunt-snouted carnivores who terrorized the southern continents, just like the tyrannosaurs were doing in the North. Its lightweight skull (the only part ever found) was riddled with divets and dimples and had two mysterious rows of seven holes on its snout. These may have acted as anchor points for scales or armour, or scales and armour, or maybe, as the name suggests, its face was completely hidden behind a gnarly keratin mask.
(First wrinkle face)Etymology
Rugops is derived from the Latin "Ruga" (wrinkle) and the Greek "opsi" (face) because of the wrinkled texture of the external skull surface.
The species epithet, primus, means "first" in Latin and refers to its significance as one of the earliest abelisaurids.
Discovery
The fossils Rugops were discovered in the Echkar Formation (Tegama Group) near Iguidi (aka In Abangharit), Agadez, Niger Republic, by Hans Larsson in 2000.
The holotype (MNN IGU1) is a partial skull.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Cenomanian
Age range: 99-94 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 9 meters
Est. max. hip height: 4 meters
Est. max. weight: 1.5 tons
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Paul C. Sereno, Jeffrey A. Wilson and Jack L. Conrad (2004) "New dinosaurs link southern landmasses in the Mid–Cretaceous".
• M.T. Carrano and S. D. Sampson (2008) "The Phylogeny of Ceratosauria".
Email    Facebook    Twitter    Google+    Stumbleupon    Reddit    Pinterest    Delicious
Time stands still for no man, and research is ongoing. If you spot an error, or want to expand, edit or add a dinosaur, please use this form. Go here to contribute to our FAQ.
All dinos are GM free, and no herbivores were eaten during site construction!
To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "RUGOPS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 10th Dec 2017.
  top