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Daemonosaurus Chauliodus – the Missing Link

“This dog-sized, ferocious-looking critter is called Daemonosaurus chauliodus, which means something along the lines of  “buck-toothed evil lizard,” says Hans-Dieter Sues, lead author of the published research describing this dinosaur, and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

The illustration above compares the head and neck with a quarter. You can see that it has a short snout and enormous front teeth.

Scientists found the skull and neck of this previously unrecognized dinosaur, and described it in a study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

This dinosaur provides a link between what paleontologists consider “early” and “later” dinosaurs. There’s a gap in the fossil record between the oldest known dinosaurs, which walked or ran on their hind legs about 230 million years ago in Argentina and Brazil, and other predatory dinosaurs that lived much later. Daemonosaurus chauliodus helps fill in a blank in dinosaur history.”

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  1. April 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    The discovery of this new meat-eating dinosaur could help scientists bridge the taxonomic gap between Neotheropoda and the earlier carnivores such as the Herrerasauridae. As far as I can recall this is the fourth carnivorous dinosaur genus to be discovered in the Ghost Ranch region.

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