Abstract:(Paper: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S075339691300089X?cc=y) "The Abelisauridae are a family of mainly Cretaceous theropod dinosaurs with a wide distribution across the Gondwanan land masses. Although their presence in Europe was reported twenty-five years ago, it has often been considered as controversial largely because of the incompleteness of the available specimens. We report here the discovery of well-preserved abelisaurid material, including a highly diagnostic braincase, at a Late Cretaceous (late Campanian) locality in the Aix-en-Provence Basin, near the eponym city in south-eastern France. A new abelisaurid taxon is erected, Arcovenator escotae gen. nov., sp. nov., on the basis of cranial and postcranial material. A phylogenetic analysis reveals that the new Abelisauridae from Provence is more closely related to taxa from India and Madagascar than to South American forms. Moreover, Genusaurus, Tarascosaurus and the previous Late Cretaceous discoveries are identified as basal abelisaurids. Contrary to previously proposed palaeobiogeographical models of abelisaurid evolution, the presence of the new taxon in Europe suggests that Europe and Africa may have played a major role in abelisaurid dispersal, which apparently involved crossing marine barriers."
It's pretty rough, I didn't scale it yet. I only guessed its mass from what I know about theropod average mass in relation to its length. And yes, it is closely related to Majungasaurus, being in the Majungasaurinae and thus closely related to Indosaurus and the Pourcieux abelisaurid. Here is Arcovenator's skull and a reconsturction of most of it:
And here's a Majungasaurus skull:
They are fairly comparable, guess we already know what to scale from.
Hatzegopteryx: That's not even the beginning, the whole forum is disturbingly lethargic.
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Spinosaurus Maroccanus: I'm quite surprised how no one has touched the Argentina 97ma thread
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Hatzegopteryx: This forum needs some serious attention; I'll be at it for a moment, unless I get other tasks that do not allow me to do so.
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Hatzegopteryx: It's a genetic fallacy. It's basically an argument that intends to discredit the opponent's position by asserting the opponent's failure to act consistently in accordance with that position.
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