Temporal range: Middle Jurassic, Toarcian–Bajocian
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Genus: Asfaltovenator
Rauhut & Pol, 2019
Binomial name
Asfaltovenator vialidadi
Rauhut & Pol, 2019

Asfaltovenator (meaning "Cañadón Asfalto lizard") is an exinct genus of theropod dinosaur from Argentina. The type species, Asfaltovenator vialidadi, was recovered from the Jurassic Cañadón Asfalto Formation.[1] Around half of the skeleton is known, most of which is exquisitely preserved.

Asfaltovenator may have been a basal allosauroid. It may have been related to Shidaisaurus.


The remains were first noticed in 2005, although Leandro Canesa claims that they were found in 2002, but they were impossible to extract until 2007 because the Provincial Road Administration was building an accessible route to the location of the fossils.[2] A crane was used to extract the remains. Preparation took five years and between 2013 and 2015, Rauhut and Pol compared the remains to other related theropods. In 2019, the genus Asfaltovenator was described.




  1. (2019) "Probable basal allosauroid from the early Middle Jurassic Cañadón Asfalto Formation of Argentina highlights phylogenetic uncertainty in tetanuran theropod dinosaurs". Scientific Reports 9: Article number 18826. DOI:10.1038/s41598-019-53672-7. 
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