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Megalosaurid teeth discovered in Uruguay & Tanzania


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Isolated teeth from the Tacuarembó Formation of Uruguay have revealed the first Megalosaurid from South America. The teeth have strong resemblance to Torvosaurus and as such the Megalosaur from Uruguay and Tanzania are suggested to be from Torvosaurus. It is paywalled but the abstract describes the features of the teeth.





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The teeth from Tanzania mentioned in the post were originally named 'Megalosaurus' ingens by Werner Janensch in a 1920 publication, but in his 1988 book Predatory Dinosaurs of the World, Gregory Paul proposed that ingens could be a species of Ceratosaurus. Rauhut (2011) assigned 'M.' ingens to Allosauroidea indet. in his review of material of large-bodied theropods from Tendaguru Hill. The fact that Soto et al. consider ingens a probable Torvosaurus species reflects refinements to knowledge of Late Jurassic megalosaurids from the Kimmeridgian-Tithonian interval.

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