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Ekrixinatosaurus (Sergey Krasovskiy)


Ekrixinatosaurus (Greek for "explosion-born lizard"); pronounced eck-RIX-ee-nat-oh-SORE-us


Woodlands of South America

Historical Period:

Middle Cretaceous (100 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 20 feet long and one ton



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Bipedal stance; short arms


About Ekrixinatosaurus:

The most interesting thing about some dinosaurs is their names. That's the case with Ekrixinatosaurus, a nearly-unpronounceable jumble of Greek roots that translates as "explosion-born lizard"--a reference to the fact that this large theropod's bones were discovered during construction-related blasting in Argentina. Ekrixinatosaurus is classified as an abelisaur (and hence a relative of Abelisaurus), and it also shared some characteristics (such as its unusually tiny and stunted arms) with the better-known Majungatholus and Carnotaurus.

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