Afrovenator abakensis

  • Pronounced:  Aff - row - ven - A - tor

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "African Hunter"

  • Length:  27 feet (8 m)

  • Height:  8 feet (2.5 m)

  • Weight:  1,000 pounds (450 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 140 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Africa

Afrovenator was the first almost complete skeleton found of a large African meat-eating dinosaur. It was unearthed in 1993 by an amateur fossil hunter who was on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition. This dinosaur was medium-sized and built for a life of active hunting, with long, strong back legs and large, strong arms designed for catching and holding its prey.

Afrovenator appears to be descended from earlier dinosaurs such as Megalosaurus  . As this family was widely spread through ancient Europe and possibly South America, it is not surprising that a relation would also have lived in Africa as its ancestors may have passed through. The only major Afrovenator parts missing from the type specimen are most of the lower jaw, the nose, some ribs and vertebrae, and toe bones. All in all, it is a remarkably complete specimen.

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