Kryptops

Name: Kryptops ‭(‬Covered face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Krip-tops.
Named By: P.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Sereno‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Brusatte‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauridae.
Species: K.‭ ‬palaios‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬6‭ ‬to‭ ‬7‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Niger‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elrhaz Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Maxilla and partial post cranial skeltal remians including ribs,‭ ‬vertebrae and pelvis.

       Kryptops is a little known genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in North Africa during the Early Cretaceous.‭ ‬At the time of the original description in‭ ‬2008,‭ ‬Kryptops was considered to be the most primitive known abelisaurid.‭ ‬Kryptops was described from a partial maxilla‭ (‬main and posterior tooth bearing bone in the upper jaw‭) ‬and associated post cranial remains.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬the maxilla was found approximately fifteen meters away from the post cranial remains,‭ ‬which has caused others to speculate that Kryptops may be a fossil‭ ‘‬chimaera‭’‬ with the post cranial fossils belonging to a different theropod.
       The Kryptops holotype was found in the Elhraz Formation and another abelisaurid called Eocarcharia is known from this Formation.‭ ‬Other Theropods include Elaphrosaurus and the spinosaur Suchomimus.‭ ‬Possible prey for Kryptops could include the sauropod Nigersaurus and the ornithischians Ouranosaurus and Lurdusaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Basal abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods from the Lower Cretaceous Elrhaz Formation of Niger.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Acta Palaeontologica Polonica‭ ‬53‭(‬1‭)‬:15-46.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Sereno‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Brusatte‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
-‭ ‬The phylogeny of Tetanurae‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Theropoda‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Matthew T.‭ ‬Carrano,‭ ‬Roger B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benson‭ & ‬Scott D.‭ ‬Sampson‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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