Hear about one of the most bizarre dinosaurs ever uncovered from its discoverer, acclaimed paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer Paul Sereno.
Afrovenator was discovered in 1993. It is the most complete predatory dinosaur from the Cretaceous period ever discovered in Africa.
Carcharodontosaurus is Africa’s answer to Tyrannosaurus. One of the largest carnivores that ever walked on earth, Carcharodontosaurus, had 6-inch-long serrated teeth.
Deltadromeus has extraordinarily delicate and long limbs, making it one of the fastest dinosaurs to have existed.
Eoraptor means “dawn thief.” It was found in 1991; in the Ischigualasto Badlands of Argentina. Eoraptor was found near the same site from which Herrerasaurus, another very early theropod, was found.
Known previously only from hind limb bones, Paul Sereno’s discovery of an articulated skeleton eroding from a sandstone ledge allowed the team to reconstruct Herrerasaurus‘ 12-foot long skeleton.
Jobaria was discovered in 1997. It was a primitive, long-necked dinosaur discovered in a mass-death site in the Sahara.
Rajasaurus was a stocky, carnivorous dinosaur with a head crest that lived at the end of the dinosaur era on India.
Rugops helps fill in critical gaps in the evolution of carnivorous dinosaurs on Africa. The skull of Rugops had a tough covering of scales or surface armor and the bones were riddled with arteries and veins.
Based on measurements of the skulls and bones, and comparison to recent crocs, Sarcosuchus grew to lengths of 37-40 feet. This is a world record for a croc, hence, “SuperCroc!” It is twice as long as the largest living croc on record.
Suchomimus was discovered in 1997 in the heart of the Sahara desert of Niger. It was named for is bizarre, narrow, 4-foot long skull, which ends in a cage of long, curved teeth, suggesting that, like crocodiles, this dinosaur ate fish.
Like its contemporaries Suchomimus and Sarcosuchus, the African Pterosaur dined on the abundant fish in the rivers, as evidenced by its long and slender teeth. As the jaws closed, the teeth interlocked to snare fish, leaving signs of wear on their sides.