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Re: [dinosaur] New theropods: Pandoravenator from Late Jurassic of Argentina and Afromimus from Early Cretaceous of Niger.



Doubts have been expressed regarding the ornithomimosaur affinities
for _Afromimus_ (might it be an abelisauroid?)

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__theropoda.blogspot.com.au_2017_11_afromimus-2De-2Dla-2Dsindrome-2Ddi-2Delaphrosaurus.html&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=Ry_mO4IFaUmGof_Yl9MyZgecRCKHn5g4z1CYJgFW9SI&m=3ibqXNrfFe_KnSzu_gWIVOEZE5gtJYDPAIFxaCKatRQ&s=0OoDd4lGI_2TZc-dvfjnY-uQauX2oOFl3E2Eia54Ao8&e=

The '_mimus_' part of the name _Afromimus_ references this theropod's
ornithomimosaur affinities.  So it would be awkward if it's found that
_Afromimus_ actually lies outside the Ornithomimosauria.  There's a
precedent: the Australian theropod _Timimus_ was originally described
as an ornithomimosaur, as denoted by the name (which also honors two
people named Tim).  _Timimus_' ornithomimosaur affinities were
subsequently refuted (although it's not exactly clear what kind of
theropod it is: paravian?, tyrannosaur?).