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Rugops (meaning "wrinkle face") is a genus of theropod dinosaur which inhabited what is now Africa approximately 95 million years ago (Cenomanian stage of the Late Cretaceous). The discovery of a Rugops skull in Niger in 2000 was a crucial breakthrough in the understanding of the evolution of theropods in that area, and demonstrates that this landmass was still united with Gondwana at that stage in history.

Though known only from a skull, Rugops has been estimated to have grown to nearly 5 metres (16 ft) long based on comparisons with its relatives. The skull of Rugops is also weak in comparison to most theropods, which created the hypothesis that it was a scavenger instead of a predator.

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Rugops was used in the creation of the hybrid Indominus rex in Jurassic World.[1]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jurassic World Website - Dinosaurs - Indominus Rex (2015, January) Retrieved from http://www.jurassicworld.com/dinosaurs/indominus-rex/

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