Tiouraren Formation, Niger, North Africa
First described in 1994, Afrovenator abakensis is known from the Middle Jurassic deposits of Niger, North Africa. At eight metres in length, Afrovenator was a large terrestrial carnivore, but classifying its position within the theropod family tree has proved problematic. Today most researchers consider it to be a Megalosaur more closely related to the European Eustreptospondylus, than the allosaurs that would later replace it.
During the Middle Jurassic period, the giant supercontinent of Pangaea was in the process of dividing in two, Laurasia to the north and Gondwana, to the south, the embryonic Atlantic Ocean forming between them. Climates are generally considered to have been tropical with characteristic Jurassic flora distributed world wide.
In this painting, the tree-fern Coniopteris dominates the wet forest understory. Pachypteris, a Pteridosperm, along with horsetails and conifer foliage of an Elatocladus type are illustrated.
Acrylic on board.
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