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Kurupi is an extinct genus of abelisaurid that lived in Brazil during the Late Cretaceous.


The holotype of Kurupi was found near Motel Paraiso, a love hotel, with it's epithet name translating to "rock hard" and it's genus name after the god of fertility as such. The species name was allegedly chosen due to cemented rocks in the Monte Alto region, but it is almost certainly a sexual innuendo. Together it means "rock hard Kurupi" or "rock hard god of sex'


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MPMA 27-0001/02 is the holotype, consisting of three caudals and a partial pelvic girdle. The caudals are fused with the ischia, having long and laterodorsally-projecting transverse processes. The distal ends are fan-shaped. A ∼15º inclination of the C1 and C7 processes, a C1 with anterolaterally-projecting triangular processes sit below the proximodistal middle of the transverse process with a notch at the anterodistal and anterior caudals (seen in C1 and C7 and assumed for the others) having a cuneiform process that anterodorsally projects and sits at the dorsal of the process all differentiate this taxon. It's large tail and cursorial locomotion is observed from muscle anchor points in the remains.


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It is known from the Bauru Basin, which would have been arid/semiarid in life. A recent reappraisal of lithological composition results in a poor vertebrate fossil record, making Kurupi one of the first named species from this locality.


Kurupi sits in an unresolved polytomy within the clade.