Sauroniops (meaning " Eye of Sauron", from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.) is a genus of basal carcharodontosaurid from Late Cretaceous Morocco. In the early 21st century fossil collector gave a skull bone to an Italian museum. Later studies in 2012 showed that it was a new species. That same year, 2012, Sauroniops was described by Andrea Cau, Marco Dalla Vecchia, and Matteo Fabbri. The species is S.pachytholus.