835a71 41f3eb7a87be4500b78af6d4aaa63501~mv2

TAPS. We’re here to help.

With four new dinosaur species announced from South America this October, this might be the happiest Halloween for fossil aficionados since 2015, when the giant dromaeosaur Dakotaraptor was announced on October 30th. Though Dakotaraptor arguably had the better timing, the announcement of the carnivorous Spectrovenator ragei on October 14th this year delivers one of the coolest, most Halloweeny dinosaur names to date (well, except for Zuul maybe). More importantly, it fills major gaps in our knowledge of a freakish line of carnivorous dinosaurs, the abelisaurids.

ZAHER, H., POL, D., NAVARRO, B. A., DELCOURT, R., & CARVALHO, A. B. (2020). An Early

Cretaceous theropod dinosaur from Brazil sheds light on the cranial evolution of the Abelisauridae. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 19(6), 101-115.