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BURIOLESTES

a meat-eating sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Late Triassic of Brasil.
Pronunciation: BUH-ree-oh-LESS-teez
Meaning: Buriol robber
Author/s: Cabreira et al. (2016)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: São João do Polêsine, Brasil
Chart Position: 782

Buriolestes schultzi

(Schultz' Buriol robber)Etymology
Buriolestes is derived from "Buriol" (the surname of the family who own the land on which it was found) and the Greek "lestes" (robber or thief).
The species epithet, schultzi, honours the Brazilian paleontologist Cesar Leandro Schultz.
Discovery
The remains of Buriolestes were discovered at Buriol ravine (Sítio Buriol) in the Alemoa Member of Santa Maria Formation, São João do Polêsine, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, by Sergio Cabreira, alongside a specimen of the lagerpetid dinosauromorph Ixalerpeton. Although fragmentary dinosaurs and their pre-cursors have been discovered alongside each other in Argentina, this is the first time nearly complete dinosaur and non-dinosaur dinosauromorph remains have been found together in the same excavation.
The holotype (ULBRA-PVT280) is an articulated skeleton including a partial skull, three hip vertebrae, 42 tail vertebrae, left shoulder blade, left forelimb lacking most of the hand, a partial hip (paired ilia and ischia, partial left pubis), and a nearly complete left hind limb. A set of smaller non-duplicated bones were preserved closeby which may belong to a juvenile Buriolestes, or a different, smaller dinosaur altogether.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Carnian
Age range: 232-228 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1.5 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 20 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Buriolestes
schultzi
References
Cabreira et al. (2016) "A Unique Late Triassic Dinosauromorph Assemblage Reveals Dinosaur Ancestral Anatomy and Diet". Current Biology (2016). [image credit]
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Atkinson, L. "BURIOLESTES :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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