Named By: Ernst Stromer - 1934.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Ceratosauria.
Species: B. ingens (type).
Known locations: Egypt - Bahariya Formation, Morocco - Kem Kem Beds.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: The known fossils of this dinosaur were destroyed in World War Two.
important question concerning North African theropod dinosaurs today
is ‘are Deltadromeus
and Bahariasaurus the same dinosaur?’ Both of
these dinosaurs seem to have been very similar to one another, and
both are known from the same formations, but comparison between
Deltadromeus and the original Bahariasaurus
fossils is impossible
because the Bahariasaurus fossils were destroyed in
World War Two (a
similar fate befell the original remains of the dinosaur Spinosaurus
and the giant Crocodile Stomatosuchus).
For this reason while some
recognise the possibility that Deltadromeus might
be the same as
Bahariasaurus, the link remains impossible to
Bahariasaurus would not have been the only theropod of its time and location and would have likely had to share its habitat with the aforementioned Spinosaurus and the huge Carcharodontosaurus, both of which would have been much bigger than Bahariasaurus.