Temporal range: Aptian-Albian, 112 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Clade: Ornithomimosauria
Genus: Afromimus
Sereno, 2017
Type species
Afromimus tenerensis
Sereno, 2017

Afromimus (meaning "Africa mimic") is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Elrhaz Formation of Niger. It contains a single species, A. tenerensis, named in 2017 by Paul Sereno from parts of the right leg, vertebrae, and ribs found in the Ténéré Desert. It was originally classified as an ornithomimosaurian,[1] but subsequently it was argued to be an abelisauroid closely related to Masiakasaurus.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Sereno, P. (2017). "Early Cretaceous ornithomimosaurs (Dinosauria: Coelurosauria) from Africa". Ameghiniana. 54 (5): 576–616. doi:10.5710/AMGH.23.10.2017.3155.
  2. ^ M.A. Cerroni; F.L. Agnolín; F. Brissón Egli; F.E. Novas (2019). "The phylogenetic affinities of Afromimus tenerensis Sereno, 2017". Publicación Electrónica de la Asociación Paleontológica Argentina. 19 (1 (R)): R13.