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Ilokelesia

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Ilokelesia (Ezequiel Vera)

Name:

Ilokelesia (indigenous for "flesh lizard"); pronounced EYE-low-keh-LEE-zha

Habitat:

Woodlands of South America

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (95 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 14 feet long and 400-500 pounds

Diet:

Meat

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Bipedal posture; broad tail

About Ilokelesia:

Ilokelesia was one of a wide variety of abelisaurs--small- to medium-sized theropod dinosaurs closely related to Abelisaurus--that inhabited South America during the middle to late Cretaceous period. This 500-pound meat-eater stood out from the pack thanks to its broader-than-usual tail and the structure of its skull; its closest relative was the much bigger, and much more dangerous, Mapusaurus.

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