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Eocarcharia dinops

Eocarcharia dinops, a carcharodontosaurid theropod from the Middle Cretaceous of Niger, skull reconstruction based on refered specimens described by Sereno et Brusatte, 2008, and related genus Acrocanthosaurus, pencil drawing, digital coloring (*)

Eocarcharia
Fossil range: Early Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Infraorder: Carnosauria
Superfamily: Allosauroidea
Family: Carcharodontosauridae
Genus: Eocarcharia
Sereno & Brusatte, 2008
Species
  • E. dinops Sereno & Brusatte, 2008 (type)

Eocarcharia is a genus of carcharodontosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in the Sahara 110 million years ago, in what today is the country of Niger. It was discovered in 2000 on an expedition led by University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno. The type and only species is Eocarcharia dinops, which means "fierce-eyed dawn shark." [1]Its teeth were shaped like blades and were used for disabling live prey and ripping apart body parts. Eocarcharia’s brow is swollen into a massive band of bone, giving it a menacing glare.[2]

References

  1. ^ Sereno, Paul C.; and Brusatte, Stephen L. (2008). "[http://www.app.pan.pl/acta53/app53-015.pdf Basal abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods from the Lower Cretaceous Elrhaz Formation of Niger]" (pdf). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 53 (1): 15–46, http://www.app.pan.pl/acta53/app53-015.pdf. 
  2. ^ New Meat-eating Dinosaur Duo from Sahara Unveiled Newswise, Retrieved on September 21, 2008.

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