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Re: New Dinosaur Fossils Found in Africa

>Researchers Find Bones of Previously Unknown Dinosaurs in Africa

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>Sereno said Afrovenator was a type of predator known as an allosaurus. It was
>smaller than Tyrannosaurus Rex, the killer king that lived during a later era
>the American West, but bigger than the Velociraptor featured in the film
>"Jurassic Park."

AAGHH!  He did NOT say it was an Allosaurus, or even an allosaurid!!  He's
calling it a generalized torvosauroid, sister group to a
Torvosauridae-Spinosauridae clade.

[Actually, when a graduate student in Great Britain finishes her work on
the type specimens of Megalosaurus bucklandi, most of us suspect
Torvosauroidea and Torvosauridae will officially become Megalosauroidea and

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.                                   
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile                  Phone:      703-648-5280
U.S. Geological Survey                                FAX:      703-648-5420
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
MS 970 National Center
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