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Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 125 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Clade: Abelisauria
Family: Noasauridae
Genus: Ligabueino
Species: L. andesi
Binomial name
Ligabueino andesi
Bonaparte, 1996

Ligabueino (meaning "Ligabue's little one") is a genus of noasaurid dinosaur named after its discoverer, Italian doctor Giancarlo Ligabue. It is known only from an extremely fragmentary specimen, measuring 79 cm (2.6 ft) long.[1] In spite of initial reports that it was an adult, the unfused vertebrae indicate that the specimen was a juvenile.[2] It was a theropod and lived during the Early Cretaceous Period, in what is now Patagonia. Its remains are too fragmentary to classify. In 2011, Carrano and colleagues found that it could only be placed with any confidence in the group Abelisauroidea.[2]

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  1. ^ Grillo, O. N.; Delcourt, R. (2016). "Allometry and body length of abelisauroid theropods: Pycnonemosaurus nevesi is the new king". Cretaceous Research. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2016.09.001. 
  2. ^ a b Carrano, M.T., Loewen, M.A. and Sertic, J.J.W. (2011). "New Materials of Masiakasaurus knopfleri Sampson, Carrano, and Forster, 2001, and Implications for the Morphology of the Noasauridae (Theropoda: Ceratosauria). Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology, 95: 53pp.