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Kurupi itaata, a medium-sized terpod (about 5 meters long). It was found near the municipality of Monte Alto, north of the state of Therefore Paulo, in the area known as Formao Marlia. described to u Brazil, distant relatives perform famous Tyranossaurus rex. the second only in the Bauru basin, which covers the region where today therefore operating system states about Therefore Paulo, Minas Gerais electronic Paran.
The fossil may represent a last 2 Brazilian dinosaurs who lived through these lands before their final zero extinction perform Cretceo, they would 66 millions over years. The rock where the
Kurupi was found has an approximate age of 66 millions of years.
The new dino was described by researchers Fabiano Iori electronic Sandra Tavares (perform Museum on Paleontology on Monte Alto – SP), Hermnio Ismael on Arajo-Jnior (from a University perform Estado perform Rio on Janeiro), Thiago Marinho (from a Government University perform Tringulo Mineiro, in Uberaba – MG) electronic Agustn Martinelli (perform Argentine Museum on Natural Sciences, in Buenos Aires). The work was published in the scientific journal Record of Sth American World Sciences.
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The name perform gender, kurupi, pays homage to the god of a Guaraní sexuality, while a specific eptet itaata refers to the type on rock in which u pet was found, which is very hard (stone it lasts in Tupi).
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Kurupi? Fabiano Iori, the first study author, explains that, as it was found near a conventional hotel in Monte Alto, the sony ericsson team referred for years to the fossil as the dino perform lodge.
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The choice , despite having been approved by many colleagues, zero left everyone happy to perform paleontologically. Some were not amused by the relationship, he acknowledges.
But we still have the dream of finding cranial material, and as some studies show that these animals had very vascularized skulls, possibly with sexual display features, a name can take on this second meaning yet, prev.
Although it is one of the most important paleontological sites of the Cretcean period in the country, it understands the final phase (between 145 and millions of years) of the so-called Age of Dinosaurs (Mesozoic), in the Bauru basin mainly fossils were found. older, from the early Cretceo. There are few animals described for the period known as Maastrichtian, which is the end of Cretceous.
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We know of the occurrence of fragmentary vertebrate material in the Marlia Formation, but they are difficult to associate even to make the formal attribution of a species. The Kurupi is the first vertebrate formally described for training, and it’s a carnivorous dinosaur, which is even cooler, he says.
The phylogenetic analysis of the fossil could not determine which would be the most closely related species precisely due to the fragmentary content of the material. Within the abelissaurdeos, however, the Kurupi itaata, even for having a more recent age, is closer to another Brazilian carnivorous dinosaur, the Pycnonemosaurus nevesi, found in rocks in the state of Mato Grosso.
Another abelisaur of great importance for the evolutionary history of the early Cretcean period where today Brazil is the tiny
Spectrovenator raged, discovered near the municipality of Corao de Jesus (MG).
We have a very complete kind of early Cretceo that the Spectrovenator, a time interval, and in Maastrichtian , we have the Pycnonemosaurus and now the
Kurupi. So, little by little, we understand electronic and understand the direction that the evolution 2 abelissaurdeos in America perform South” has taken, explains Iori.