(Igdamano lizard - after Mt Igdaman).
Named By: T. Lingham-Soliar - 1991.
Synonyms: Globidens aegyptiacus.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Squamata, Mosasauridae, Plioplatecarpinae.
Species: I. aegyptiacus (type).
Size: Uncertain due to incomplete fossils, but estimated around 3.5 meters long.
Known locations: Niger, Egypt.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial jaw and teeth.
Fossil teeth of Igdamanosaurus were originally described as a species of the mosasaur Globidens by Zdansky in 1935, a later study of a partial jaw from Niger by Lingham-Soliar in 1991 saw the remains raised to the status of a distinct genus. Additionally Igdamanosaurus is now classed within the Plioplatecarpinae due to the idea that it was less suited to crunching armoured prey like shellfish than other mosasaurs such as Globidens.
- The occurrence of mosasaurs in Egypt and in Africa in general. - Bulletin de l’Institut d’Egypte 17: 83-94. - O. Zdansky - 1935.
- Mosasaurs from the Upper Cretacous of Niger. - Palaeontology 34(3):653-670. - T. Lingham-Soliar - 1991.