Named By: R. R. Reisz & D. W. Dilkes - 2003.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Eupelycosauria, Varanopidae.
Species: A. hamiltonensis (type).
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.
- Archaeovenator hamiltonensis, a new varanopid Synapsida: Eupelycosauria from the Upper Carboniferous of Kansas, R. R. Reisz & D. W. Dilkes - 2003.