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Masiakasaurus Fact Sheet
|NAME:||Meaning - Masiakasaurus means "vicious lizard"
Pronounced - mah-SHEE-ah-kah-SAWR-us
Named By - Scott Sampson, Carrano and Forster
When Named - 2001
|DIET:||Carnivore (meat-eater) - Masiakasaurus may have eaten small fish, lizards, snakes, and mammals|
|SIZE:||Length - 5.2-6.5 ft (1.6-2.0 m) long
Height - ?
Weight - 35 kg
|WHEN IT LIVED:||Late Cretaceous period, about 70-65 million years ago|
|WHERE IT LIVED:||Fossils have been found in the Maevarano Formation, Madagascar (an island off the coast of southeastern Africa).|
|FOSSILS:||About 40 percent of a skeleton and parts of the jaw have been found.|
|Masiakasaurus was a small, bipedal, meat-eating dinosaur that had forward-pointing teeth, a long neck, and a long tail. It was about the size of a really big dog. Masiakasaurus's species name, knopfleri, was named for Mark Knopfler, a guitarist and singer from the rock band Dire Straits. The paleontologists who discovered this dinosaur were listening to Knopfler's music when they found and dug up Masiakasaurus.|
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