“The first wrinkle face”


Type: theropod
Age: 95 million years old
Length: 24 feet
Height at hip: 8 feet
Discovery site: Niger, Africa


The fossil skull of Rugops was discovered in 2000 by a team led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Dr. Paul Sereno.
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. Rugops may have been a scavenger.