Archaeovenator

Name: Archaeovenator ‭(‬Ancient hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ar-kay-o-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: R.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Reisz‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Dilkes‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Eupelycosauria,‭ ‬Varanopidae.
Species: A.‭ ‬hamiltonensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: About‭ ‬30‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Kansas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Calhouns Shale Formation.
Time period: Gzhelian of the Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skeleton.‭ ‬Tail missing.

       At the time of its description,‭ ‬Archaeovenator is the oldest known varanopid pelycosaurs.‭ ‬In like Archaeovenator would have resembled a small lizard,‭ ‬and it may have hunted for invertebrates as it scampered around the Carboniferous forests.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Archaeovenator hamiltonensis,‭ ‬a new varanopid Synapsida:‭ ‬Eupelycosauria from the Upper Carboniferous of Kansas,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Reisz‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Dilkes‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.



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