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Afrovenator

Afrovenator, meaning “African hunter” is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (136 to 125 million years ago) that lived in northern Africa. Its remains were discovered in Niger in the Tiourarén Formation. It is known from a single nearly complete specimen. Only one named species is known, A. abakensis. The species name comes from the area it was found in Africa (Abaka, the name the Tuareg give to the region where the fossils were found).

Afrovenator has been placed in several different genera, notably the Megalosauridae, which was where most theropods were placed that were hard to classify. It has been classified as a relative of the family Spinosauridae and other subfamilies. Recently it has been placed as a more close relation to the Allosaurus.

Afrovenator was a bipedal predator that was about 30 feet in length from head to tail. It had very sharp teeth and three claws on each hand.

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