Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 295–298 | Cite as

A theropod tooth from the Late Triassic of southern Africa

  • Sanghamitra Ray
  • Anusuya Chinsamy


An isolated, large recurved and finely serrated tooth found associated with the prosauropodEuskelosaurus from the Late Triassic part of the Elliot Formation is described here. It is compared to the Triassic thecodonts and carnivorous dinosaurs and its possible affinity is discussed. The tooth possibly belongs to a basal theropod and shows some features similar to the allosauroids. This tooth is of significance, as dinosaur remains except for some footprints and trackways, are poorly known in the Late Triassic horizons of southern Africa.


Dinosaur Late Triassic theropod 

Abbreviations used


Basal width


fore-aft basal length


serration density


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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