Name: Afromimus ‭(‬Africa mimic‭)‬.
Phonetic: Af-ro-my-mus.
Named By: Paul Sereno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauroidea‭?
Species: A.‭ ‬tenerensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore‭?
Size: Tibia‭ ‬40‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Full body size unknown.
Known locations: Niger‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elrhaz Formation.
Time period: Aptian/Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial lower leg and foot bones‭ (‬tibia,‭ ‬fibula,‭ ‬tarsals,‭ ‬phalanges‭)‬,‭ ‬rib and seven caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae.

       When the dinosaur Afromimus was first described in‭ ‬2017‭ ‬it was as an ornithomimosaur,‭ ‬however a later study in‭ ‬2019‭ ‬led to Afromimus being described as an abelisaur,‭ ‬specifically a noasaurid.‭ ‬Unfortunately Afromimus is still only known from partial remains,‭ ‬making details of this dinosaur difficult to know for certain.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Early Cretaceous ornithomimosaurs‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Coelurosauria‭) ‬from Africa.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ameghiniana.‭ ‬-‭ ‬54‭ (‬5‭)‬:‭ ‬576‭–‬616.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paul Sereno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
-‭ ‬The phylogenetic position of Afromimus tenerensis Sereno,‭ ‬2017‭ ‬and its paleobiogeographical implications.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of African Earth Sciences.‭ ‬159:‭ ‬103572.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬A,‭ ‬Cerroni,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Agnolin,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Brissón Egli‭ & ‬F.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Novas‭ ‬-‭ ‬2019.


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