A bizarre predatory dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar

  title={A bizarre predatory dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar},
  author={Scott D. Sampson and Matthew T. Carrano and Catherine A. Forster},
Here we report the discovery of a small-bodied (∼1.8 m) predatory dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Madagascar. Masiakasaurus knopfleri, gen. et sp. nov., represented by several skull elements and much of the postcranial skeleton, is unique in being the only known theropod with a highly procumbent and distinctly heterodont lower dentition. Such a derived dental morphology is otherwise unknown among dinosaurs. Numerous skeletal characteristics indicate that Masiakasaurus is a… CONTINUE READING
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