Ostafrikasaurus

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Ostafrikasaurus
Temporal range: Late Jurassic, (Tithonian) 152.1–145 Ma
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Speculative restoration and holotype tooth
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Spinosauridae
Genus: Ostafrikasaurus
Buffetaut, 2012
Species:
O. crassiserratus
Binomial name
Ostafrikasaurus crassiserratus
Buffetaut, 2012

Ostafrikasaurus was a carnivorous theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of southeastern Tanzania.[1] It is known only from a fossil tooth that is 49 mm (1.9 in) long. Paleontologist Eric Buffetaut claims it is the oldest evidence of a Spinosaurid dinosaur (a type of crocodile-like dinosaur that ate fish); It appeared 148 million years ago.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Buffetaut, Eric (2012). "An early spinosaurid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of Tendaguru (Tanzania) and the evolution of the spinosaurid dentition". Oryctos 10: 1–8. 
  2. Rauhut, Oliver W. M. (2011). "Theropod dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic of Tendaguru (Tanzania)". Special Papers in Palaeontology 86: 195–239. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01084.x.