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Many dinosaurs have been discovered from South America, one such was the Ilokelesia.

The fragmentary remains including the skull categorized this genus to the Abelisauridae family.

A medium-sized dinosaur, Ilokelesia was discovered in Argentina in 1991. Only one fragmented fossil has been recovered to date. The remains include the fragmentary skull and appendicular skeleton. The fossil representation matched the primitive features seen as a basal member of the Abelisauridae family.

Fun Ilokelesia Facts For Kids

What did they prey on?


What did they eat?


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How long were they?

17.4 ft (5.3 m)

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What did they look like?


Skin Type


What were their main threats?


Where were they found?

Terrestrial habitats


Neuquén Province, Argentina, South America









Scientific Name

Ilokelesia aguadagrandensis

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Ilokelesia Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Ilokelesia'?

Ilokelesia is pronounced as 'Eye-low-kee-leez-e-ah'.

What type of dinosaur was an Ilokelesia?

Ilokelesia was described as an extinct genus of the Abelisauridae family.

In which geological period did the Ilokelesia roam the Earth?

This carnivore inhabited the earth during the Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous period around 99.6-89.8 million years ago.

When did Ilokelesia become extinct?

Ilokelesia may have become extinct 89.8 million years ago.

Where did Ilokelesia live?

The fossils of this carnivore were discovered from the Huincul Member (Neuquén Group), Río Limay, Neuquén Province in Argentina.

What was the Ilokelesias' habitat?

Ilokelesia was a terrestrial dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period.

Who did the Ilokelesia live with?

The dinosaurs coexisting during Ilokelesia's time period has yet to be ascertained.

How long did an Ilokelesia live?

The average lifespan of this carnivore is yet to be described.

How did they reproduce?

The fossils of this late cretaceous species revealed it to be oviparous.

Ilokelesia Fun Facts

What did the Ilokelesia look like?

The genus name Ilokelesia reveals a lot about how the dinosaur looked. It was a medium-sized lizard-like dinosaur. While it has features that place it as a basal abelisaur, the distinctive characters of the cervical vertebrae set it apart from this group.

The fossils of the Ilokelesia include features like a fragmentary skull and postorbital bone.

How many bones did an Ilokelesia have?

The preserved specimen or fossil of this Abelisauridae genus included postorbital bone from the right, partially preserved cervical vertebrae (3), three cervical ribs in a fragmentary state, ungual phalanges (2), prenatal phalanges, and proximal haemal arches (8), the posterior dorsal vertebrae, and well-articulated caudal vertebrae (5).

How did they communicate?

It is unclear how these Late cretaceous lizards communicated.

How big was the Ilokelesia?

The fossil representation of the Ilokelesia reveals that the dinosaur maybe around 17.4 ft (5.3 m) long. They were much bihher than Lycorhinus.

How fast could an Ilokelesia move?

It is unclear how fast these dinosaurs could have moved.

How much did an Ilokelesia weigh?

The weight could not be determined based on the fossil representation.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Both sex would be referred to as Ilokelsia.

What would you call a baby Ilokelesia?

The baby dinosaur would be referred to as a juvenile.

How aggressive were they?

Being a carnivore, it is likely for them to be aggressive to a certain degree.

Did You Know…

The dinosaur was named and described by Coria in 1998.

The etymology of the genus is in reference to the Mapuche, an indigenous language. Ilo means flesh and kelesio means lizard, so Ilokelesia means flesh-eating lizard. On the other hand, the type species I. aguadagrandensis is a reference to the type locality, Aguada Grande where the fossils were found.

*We've been unable to source an image of Ilokelesia and have used an image of Carnotaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Ilokelesia, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].

*We've been unable to source an image of Ilokelesia and have used an image of Abelisauridae instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Ilokelesia, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].

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