Dinosaurs: Afrovenator


Afrovenator (African Hunter)

Afrovenator was a large African meat-eating dinosaur of the early Cretaceous.

Afrovenator walked on two powerful hind legs. Its arms were short and had three-fingered hands with sharp hooked claws. It was lightly built and armed with 5cm (2 inch) blade-like teeth.

Bite marks found in the ribs of a young Sauropod called Jobaria suggest that Afrovenator may have hunted young or weak Sauropods.

Afrovenator belonged to a group of dinosaurs called Tetanurans. Earlier Tetanurans included Eustreptospondylus and the mighty Megalosaurus. Afrovenator was also a close relative of the Allosaurids of North America.




Afrovanator Size

Pronounced: aff-ROW-ven-ah-tor

Name Means: "African Hunter"
Length: 27 feet (8 m)
Height: 8 feet (2.5 m)
Weight: 1,000 pounds (450 kg)
Diet: Carnivore (Meat)
Time: Early Cretaceous - 140 million years ago
Habitat: Woodlands
Fossils Found: Africa


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