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Bahariasaurus Claw Replica Model is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. Bahariasaurus meaning “Bahariya lizard” is a genus of theropod dinosaur found in the Bahariya Formation in El-Waha el-Bahariya. It was a huge theropod, in the same size range as Tyrannosaurus rex. It was about 11-12 meters in length and 4 tonnes in weight. Bahariasaurus ingens is the scientific name.
Bahariasaurus is known to have included at least 1 species, Bahariasaurus ingens, which was found in North African rock layers dating to the Cenomanian and Turonian ages of the Late Cretaceous. The only fossils confidently assigned to Bahariasaurus were found in the Bahariya Formation of the Bahariya meaning the oasis in Egypt by Ernst Stromer but were destroyed during a World War II bombing raid with the same raid taking out the holotype of Spinosaurus and Aegyptosaurus among other animals found in the Bahariya Formation.
While there have been more fossils assigned to the genus such as some from the Farak Formation of Niger, these remains are referred to with much less certainty. Bahariasaurus is, by most estimations, one of the largest theropods, approaching the height and length of other large bodied theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex and the contemporaneous Carcharodontosaurus. The aforementioned estimations tend to put it at around 11–12 metres in length and 4 tonnes in overall weight.
Bahariasaurus was found during the 1910s during an expedition to Egypt’s Baharija Formation led by Markgraf and Stromer, and the holotype was discovered in 1911. The type species, B. ingens, was described by Ernst Stromer in 1934. This specimen was destroyed in an air raid during World War II on the night of 23/24 April 1944.
The questionable remains of Bahariasaurus from the Farak Formation of Niger, which consist of a proximal caudal centrum (65 mm), two mid caudal centra and three mid caudal centra (from different individuals) were discovered some time later during the 20th century and described by de Lapparent in 1960. It is possible that these remains may have belonged to another unrelated theropod.
The exact taxonomic placement of Bahariasaurus is uncertain, although it has been variously assigned to several theropod groups, including the Carcharodontosauridae and the superfamily Tyrannosauroidea. The smaller contemporaneous theropod Deltadromeus could potentially be synonymous with Bahariasaurus. If this assumption is correct, Bahariasaurus would possibly represent the largest ceratosaur as recent studies consider Deltadromeus a ceratosaur, specifically a noasaurid. More specimens (especially the skull) would be needed to more accurately classify it and determine its relationship to Deltadromeus.
In the 2016 description and analysis of the megaraptoran Aoniraptor, Bahariasaurus was found, along with Gualicho, Aoniraptor and Deltadromeus to probably form a family in the still poorly understood clade known as the Megaraptora and are different from the more derived megaraptorids.
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