|Named By:||P. C. Sereno, J. A. Wilson, & J. L. Conrad in 2004.|
|Time Period:||Late Cretaceous, 95 Ma|
|Location:||Africa, Niger - Echkar Formation|
|Size:||Estimated about 6 meters long|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Theropoda | Abelisauridae ||
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.