Monday, 12 January 2015

Eocarcharia dinops

Eocarcharia from the Early Cretaceous of Niger is a basal Carcharodontosaurid closely related to the North American tall-spined Acrocanthosaurus. First described by Sereno and Brusatte in 2008 together with the basal ablisaur Kryptops, it is known from fragmentary skull materials and teeth.

Eocarcharia dinops
Sereno & Brusatte, 2008
Meaning of generic name
Dawn Shark
Meaning of specific name
Scary face
Length: ? m
Skull fragments and isolated teeth.
Age and Distribution
Gadoufaoua, Elrhaz Formation (Aptian/Albian terrestrial horizon) Niger
Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Carnosauria Carcharodontosauridae
Further Reading
P. C. Sereno and S. L. Brusatte. 2008. Basal abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods from the Lower Cretaceous Elrhaz Formation of Niger. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 53(1):15-46.

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