The remains of a Suchomimus tenerensis—a large, fish-eating dinosaur with a long, crocodile-like snout—were found in the Tenere Desert of Niger, a central African country. Fossils of this Cretaceous dinosaur were located in rock strata called the Elrhaz formation. Approximately 100 million years ago, this area had a lush climate with plenty of water and supported many types of animals, including giant crocodiles, large fish, and many different species of dinosaurs such as the newly discovered Suchomimus tenerensis. Over time, the remains of this African dinosaur were swept into a river and covered by sediment. The winds of the desert eroded the sands covering the remains, exposing it to the light of day.