Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
Vertebra and rib fossils
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Family: Spinosauridae
Genus: Camarillasaurus
Sánchez-Hernández & Benton, 2014
Type species
Camarillasaurus cirugedae
Sánchez-Hernández & Benton, 2014

Camarillasaurus (meaning "Camarillas lizard") is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (Barremian) of Camarillas, Teruel Province, in what is now northeastern Spain. It may have been a spinosaur, according to a 2019 paper, or a ceratosaur, according to the 2014 paper in which it was described.


Sacrum and centrum

Fossils of Camarillasaurus were discovered in the Camarillas Formation. The type species, Camarillasaurus cirugedae, was described by palaeontologists Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández and Michael J. Benton. The describers considered it to be a basal ceratosaur, somewhat unusual given its young age.[1] However, in an abstract given at the EAVP 2019 conference, Oliver Rauhut and colleagues suggested it is a member of the Spinosauridae rather than a ceratosaur, based on characters of the posterior caudal vertebrae and newly excavated material at the type locality,[2] a 2019 dissertation by Adun Samathi concurred with that conclusion.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Sánchez-Hernández, B. R.; Benton, M. (2014). "Filling the ceratosaur gap: A new ceratosaurian theropod from the Early Cretaceous of Spain". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 59 (3): 581–600. doi:10.4202/app.2011.0144.
  2. ^ O. W. M. Rauhut, J. Ignacio Canudo, D. Castanera A (2019) A REAPPRAISAL OF THE EARLY CRETACEOUS THEROPOD DINOSAUR CAMARILLASAURUS FROM SPAIN XVII Conference of the EAVP – Brussels, Belgium
  3. ^ Adun Samathi (2019) CHAPTER 6: "A Spinosaurid from Thailand and the Reassessment of Camarillasaurus from the Early Cretaceous of Spain" in THEROPOD DINOSAURS FROM THAILAND AND SOUTHEAST ASIA PHYLOGENY, EVOLUTION, AND PALEOBIOGEOGRAPHY Dissertation Thesis, University of Bonn pp.161-181