Afrovenator was a theropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of northern Africa. It was a bipedal meat-eating predator with long bladelike teeth. Fossils have been found in Abaka, Niger in the southern Sahara desert. A nearly complete Afrovenator was found in 1993. It is one of the most complete dinosaurs found in Africa so far.
|Known parts of skeleton|
Sereno et al., 1994
The rocks where it was found were redescribed as "mid-Jurassic" after the discovery had been announced.
It is in a group of theropods which are known as the Megalosaurs.
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