- Kryptops palaios
- Sereno & Brusatte, 2008
- Meaning of generic name
- From Greek krypto, covered; ops, face.
- Meaning of specific name
- From Greek palaios, old
- Length: 6-7 m
- Holotype (MNN GAD1): partial skeleton including a left maxilla, several partial vertebrae and ribs, and an articulated pelvic girdle and sacrum
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Elrhaz Formation. Lower Cretaceous (Aptian-Albian)
Locality: “Gadoufaoua” on the western edge of the Ténéré Desert, Niger.
- Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Ceratosauria Abelisauroidea Abelisauridae
- 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.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Kryptops palaios is a basal abelisaurid from the Early Cretaceous of Niger. Described by Sereno and Brusatte in 2008, it is known by fragmentary remains that hint to a theropod with short and broad snout and tall vertebral spines. Its length is estimated to be 6-7 m. Contemporary dinosaurs include the fish eating theropod Suchomimus and the unusual ornithopod Ouranosaurus.