Late Jurassic - Late Cretaceous,
|Reconstructed skeleton of Masiakasaurus knopfleri, Royal Ontario Museum|
Bonaparte & Powell, 1980
Velocisauridae Bonaparte, 1991
Noasaurids were a group of theropod dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period (Aptian/Albian-Maastrichtian ages). They were generally small in size. They were closely related to and built similarly to the Abelisauridae. The best known noasaurid is Masiakasaurus knopfleri from Madagascar.
Noasauridae is defined as all theropods closer to Noasaurus than to Carnotaurus. Many species have been referred to Noasauridae, though most are known from extremely fragmentary remains, which makes it difficult to assess their relationships.
An analysis conducted by Tortosa et al., 2013., 2013 recovered Dahalokely as a basal noasaurid. However, later analyses have found it to be a basal carnotaurine instead. Similarly, the genus Genusaurus has been found to be a noasaurid by some older studies, but more recently has been classified as an abelisaurid.
|Timeline of descriptions of genera|
- Rauhut, O.W.M., and Carrano, M.T. (2016). The theropod dinosaur Elaphrosaurus bambergi Janensch, 1920, from the Late Jurassic of Tendaguru, Tanzania. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, (advance online publication) doi:10.1111/zoj.12425
- Holtz, Thomas R. Jr. (2012) Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, Winter 2011 Appendix.
- 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.
- Andrew H. Lee & Patrick M. O’Connor (2013) Bone histology confirms determinate growth and small body size in the noasaurid theropod Masiakasaurus knopfleri. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(4): 865-876
- Tortosa, Thierry; Eric Buffetaut; Nicolas Vialle; Yves Dutour; Eric Turini; Gilles Cheylan (2013). "A new abelisaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of southern France: Palaeobiogeographical implications". Annales de Paléontologie (In press). doi:10.1016/j.annpal.2013.10.003. Retrieved 13 December 2013.