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African Dinosaurs



Africa was very different during the time of the dinosaurs:
  • During the early part of the Mesozoic Era (the Triassic Period), Africa was joined with all the other continents in one super-continent known as Pangaea.

  • By the Jurassic Period, Pangaea begun to break up into two smaller super-continents: Laurasia and Gondwanaland. Africa was part of the southern super-continent, Gondwanaland, which consisted of South America, Africa, India, Australia and Antarctica. Separating Africa from Asia, was the Tethys Sea (also sometimes known as the Tethys Ocean).

  • By the Cretaceous Period, Gondwanaland begun to break-up: Africa separated from South America, Antarctica and India, and begun a slow journey Northwards. Thus, the Tethys Sea gradually shrank in size, and was to eventually disappear.
Dinosaurs that lived in Africa include:

Dinosaur Dinosaur Location

Abrictosaurus
Abrictosaurus
 
Abrictosaurus lived in South Africa.

Afrovenator
Afrovenator
 
Afrovenator lived in northern Africa.

Allosaurus
Allosaurus
 
Allosaurus lived in North America, Africa and Australia.

Brachiosaurus
Brachiosaurus
 
Brachiosaurus lived in North America and Africa (although some scientists argue that the African variety should be classified as a separate genus, which they call "Giraffatitan").

Carcharodontosaurus
Carcharodontosaurus
 
Carcharodontosaurus lived in Africa.

Ceratosaurus
Ceratosaurus
 
Ceratosaurus lived in North America, Africa, and at least parts of Europe (there is some evidence that Ceratosaurus lived in Portugal).

Cetiosaurus
Cetiosaurus
 
Cetiosaurus lived in Europe and Africa. Fossils have been found in England and Morocco.

Giraffatitan
Giraffatitan
 
Giraffatitan lived in Africa.

Heterodontosaurus
Heterodontosaurus
 
Heterodontosaurus lived in South Africa.

Iguanodon
Iguanodon
 
Iguanodon lived in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

Kentrosaurus
Kentrosaurus
 
Kentrosaurus lived in Africa.

Lesothosaurus
Lesothosaurus
 
Lesothosaurus lived in Lesotho and South Africa.

Majungasaurus
Majungasaurus
 
Majungasaurus lived in Madagascar.

Massospondylus
Massospondylus
 
Massospondylus lived in North America and Southern Africa.

Melanorosaurus
Melanorosaurus
 
Melanorosaurus lived in South Africa.

Nigersaurus
Nigersaurus
 
Nigersaurus lived in Africa.

Ouranosaurus
Ouranosaurus
 
Ouranosaurus lived in Africa.

Paralititan
Paralititan
 
Paralititan lived in mangrove swamps and tidal flats on the shores of the Tethys Ocean, in what is today Egypt).

Rugops
Rugops
 
Rugops lived in Niger.

Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus
 
Spinosaurus lived in Africa.

Suchomimus
Suchomimus
 
Suchomimus lived in Africa.


   
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