Meaning - Masiakasaurus means “vicious lizard”
Carnivore (meat-eater) - Masiakasaurus may have eaten small fish, lizards, snakes, and mammals
Length - 5.2-6.5 ft (1.6-2.0 m) long
|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).
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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