"African Killer"  Illustration by C. Abraczinskas and P. Sereno


Type: theropod, meat eater
Age: 135 million years old
Height at hip: 8 feet
Length: 27 feet
Discovery site: Niger, West Africa


Afrovenator was discovered in 1993. It is the most complete predatory dinosaur from the Cretaceous period ever discovered in Africa. Afrovenator’s skull has rows of long, blade-shaped teeth for slicing into prey. Afrovenator’s bones reveal that it was a cousin to Allosaurus, a 150-million year old dinosaur that lived in North America, however, Afrovenator has longer, more slender bones and was likely more light-weight and fleet footed than Allosaurus.