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Rugops

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Rugops is known from an almost complete skull. The skull is relatively delicate, suggesting that this was a scavenger, not an attacking dinosaur like Tyrannosaurus. Rows of holes in the skull may indicate that it had a crest of some kind.

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Pronounced
roo-gops
Meaning of name
wrinkle face
Length
  7m
Diet
carnivorous
When it lived
Late Cretaceous
(95  million years ago)
Found in
Niger

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Ceratosauria, Neoceratosauria, Abelisauridae, Rugops
Named by
Sereno, Wilson and Conrad (2004)
Type species
primus