Sauroniops pachytholus


NameSauroniops pachytholus 

Name Meaning: Thick Rounded Skull Sauron Eye 

First Described: 2012

Described By: Cau et al. 

Classification: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Eusaurischia Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Carnosauria, Allosauroidea, Allosauria, Carcharodontosauria, Carcharodontosauridae, Neovenatoridae 

Sauronipos is yet another poor dinosaur that was only recovered from fossil dealers. It is only known from a partial skull fragment from just above the eye socket, hence its name. It was from the Cenomanian stage of the Late Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago. It was found in the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. It is unlike any other theropod known from this time and location, with an enlargement of the bone that probably lead to an eye crest for display. It probably lived alongside DeltadromeusSpinosaurus, and its close relative Carcharodontosaurus. It was probably pretty big given the largeness of its close relatives. 


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