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Fossil range: Late Jurassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Infraorder: Ceratosauria
Genus: Spinostropheus
Sereno et al. 2002

Spinostropheus is a genus of small ceratosaurian dinosaur that lived in the late Jurassic period of Niger. Once thought to be a species closely related to the abelisaurs (Sereno et al. 2002), subsequent studies have confirmed the original interpretation as a basal ceratosaur closely related to Elaphrosaurus (Carrano & Sampson, 2008).


  • Carrano and Sampson (2008). "The Phylogeny of Ceratosauria (Dinosauria: Theropoda)." Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 6: 183-236.
  • Lapparent (1960). "Les dinosauriens du 'Continental intercalaire' du Sahara central." Mem. Soc. Geol. France. 88A:1-57.
  • Sereno, Conrad and Wilson (2002). "Abelisaurid theropods from Africa: Phylogenetic and biogeographic implications." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 22(3):106A.

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