Ligabueino

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

Ligabueino (meaning "Ligabue's little one") is a genus of abelisauroid 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. Contrary to initial classifications that placed it as a member of the Noasauridae, Carrano and colleagues found in 2011 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.