- Afrovenator abakensis
- Sereno, Wilson, Larsson, Dutheil and Sues, 1994
- Meaning of generic name
- African Hunter
- Meaning of specific name
- “The specific name refers to Abaka, the Tuareg name for the region of Niger where the fossil was found.” Tuareg for Agadez, then?
- Skull length: 90 cm, Length: 9 m
- Holotype (UC UBA 1): Nearly complete skeleton.
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Tiourarén Formation. Middle Jurassic (Bathonian-Oxfordian)
[Formerly classified as Early Cretaceous!]
Type locality: Department of Agadez, Niger
- Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Spinosauroidea Megalosauridae
- Further Reading
- P. C. Sereno, J. A. Wilson, H. C. E. Larsson, D. B. Dutheil, and H.-D. Sues. 1994. Early Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Sahara. Science 266(5183):267-271.
By Nobu Tamura March 2, 2013 September 26, 2008, by Nobu Tamura
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Afrovenator is known from a single nearly complete skeleton including a partial skull from the Middle Jurassic of Niger. The Tiouraren Formation in which Afrovenator was found was originally thought to be Early Cretaceous but new studies indicate it is Middle Jurassic.