Majungasaurus is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in
Madagascar from 70 to 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous
Period. Like other abelisaurids, Majungasaurus was a bipedal predator
with a short snout. Although the forelimbs are not completely known,
they were very short, while the hindlimbs were longer and very stocky.
It can be distinguished from other abelisaurids by its wider skull, the
very rough texture and thickened bone on the top of its snout, and the
single rounded horn on the roof of its skull, which was originally
mistaken for the dome of a pachycephalosaur. It also had more teeth in
both upper and lower jaws than most abelisaurids. Known from several
well-preserved skulls and abundant skeletal material, Majungasaurus has
recently become one of the best-studied theropod dinosaurs from the
Southern Hemisphere. It appears to be most closely related to
abelisaurids from India rather than South America or continental Africa,
a fact which has important biogeographical implications. Majungasaurus
was the apex predator in its ecosystem, mainly preying on sauropods like
Rapetosaurus, and is also one of the few dinosaurs for which there is
direct evidence of cannibalism.
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