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Temporal range: Middle Jurassic
Afrovenator skeleton.jpg
Known parts of skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Megalosauridae
Genus: Afrovenator
Sereno et al., 1994
Life restoration of A. abakensis

Afrovenator was a theropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of northern Africa. It was a bipedal meat-eating predator with long bladelike teeth. Fossils have been found in Abaka, Niger in the southern Sahara desert. A nearly complete Afrovenator was found in 1993. It is one of the most complete dinosaurs found in Africa so far.[1]

The rocks where it was found were redescribed as "mid-Jurassic" after the discovery had been announced.[2]

It is in a group of theropods which are known as the Megalosaurs.

References[change | change source]

  1. Sereno P.C. et al 1994. Early Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Sahara. Science 266 : 267-270
  2. Rauhut and Lopez-Arbarello 2009. Considerations on the age of the Tiouaren Formation (Iullemmeden Basin, Niger, Africa): implications for Gondwanan Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate faunas. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 271: 259-267.