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Aoniraptor

Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 96–91 MaPreЄ

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Clade: †Megaraptora
Genus: Aoniraptor

Motta et al, 2016

Species: A. libertatem
Binomial name
Aoniraptor libertatem

Motta et al, 2016

Aoniraptor is a megaraptoran theropodfrom the Late Cretaceous of Argentina. It was recovered by Matias Motta from the Violante Farm, part of the Huincul Formation. It was discovered in 2010, but only formally described in 2016.[1]Aoniraptor may be synonymous with the newly described theropod Gualicho (also known from Huincul), due to the similarities of their caudal vertebrae.[2][3]

Etymology Edit

Aoniraptor comes from the Tehuelche language word "Aoni", which means south, and the Latin word "raptor", meaning thief. The species name,libertatem, comes from the Latin word for freedom, as it was discovered on the bicentennial of Argentina's independence from Spain in 1810.

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