Afrovenator

"African hunter"
Length:
9.1 m (30 ft)
Weight:
1.5 tons
Time:
164,000,000-
161,000,000 B.C.
Location:
Agadez, Niger
Species:
Afrovenator abakensis
Afrovenator is a special dinosaur in a few respects. While its exact genealogical position is disputed among scientists, most believe it to be a megalosaur, a member of a family of large theropods whose remains are widespread but fragmentary. If this was the case, then Afrovenator, known from one fairly complete skeleton, is the species with the best-preserved remains. In addition, it came from a chapter of dinosaur evolution in which there is a dearth of fossils compared other parts of the Mesozoic. Though previously thought to have lived during the Early Cretaceous, around roughly 130,000,000 B.C., a recent look at the sediments from which it was unearthed has led paleontologists to the conclusion that it roamed North Africa some thirty million years earlier, during the mid-Jurassic.
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