Allosaurus tendagurensis
Holotype shin of A. tendagurensis in Berlin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Infraorder: Carnosauria
Family: Allosauridae?
Genus: Allosaurus?
Type species
Allosaurus? tendagurensis
(Janensch, 1925)

Allosaurus tendagurensis is an extinct species of carnosaur dinosaur described as a possible species of Allosaurus in 1925.

Discovery and naming

Allosaurus tendagurensis was named in 1925 by Werner Janensch for a partial shin (MB.R.3620) found in the Kimmeridgian-age Tendaguru Formation in Mtwara, Tanzania.[1] Although tabulated as a tentatively valid species of Allosaurus in the second edition of the Dinosauria, subsequent studies place it as indeterminate beyond Tetanurae, either a carcharodontosaurian or megalosaurid.[2][3] Although obscure, it was a large theropod, possibly around 10 meters long (33 ft) and 2.5 metric tons (2.8 short tons) in weight.

References

  1. Janensch, Werner (1925). "Die Coelurosaurier und Theropoden der Tendaguru-Schichten Deutsch-Ostafrikas" (in German). Palaeontographica, Supplement 7 1: 1–99. 
  2. Rauhut, Oliver W.M. (2005). "Post-cranial remains of 'coelurosaurs' (Dinosauria, Theropoda) from the Late Jurassic of Tanzania". Geological Magazine 142 (1): 97–107. DOI:10.1017/S0016756804000330. 
  3. Rauhut, Oliver W. M. (2011). "Theropod dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic of Tendaguru (Tanzania)". Special Papers in Palaeontology 86: 195–239. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01084.x. 
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