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Temporal range: Middle Jurassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
(unranked): Archosauria
Genus: Razanandrongobe
Maganuco et al., 2006
  • R. sakalavae Maganuco et al., 2006 (type)

Razanandrongobe (meaning "large ancestor lizard" in Malagasy) is a genus of carnivorous archosaurian reptile of uncertain affinities from the Middle Jurassic of Madagascar. It is based on MSNM V5770, a fragment of maxilla, the main tooth-bearing bone of the upper jaw, and several isolated teeth have also been assigned to it. The remains come from the Bathonian-age Isalo Illb rock unit of Mahajanga. The jaw fragment and teeth are similar to the representative bones of theropod dinosaurs and some types of crocodylomorphs, and the authors refrained from assigning the genus to either group. They interpreted the stout teeth as having been used for crushing bones.[1] The fragment suggests a considerable size for the species, comparable to that of Tyrannosaurus.


  1. ^ Maganuco, S.; Dal Sasso, C.; Pasini, G. (2006). "A new large predatory archosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Madagascar, with remarks on its affinities and paleobiology". Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milano 147 (1): 19–51. 

External links[edit]

  • Razanandrongobe sakalavae - Dinosaur Mailing List posting that announces the genus and includes the abstract of Maganuco et al.'s article.