Thursday, 28 November 2013

Eucnemesaurus fortis

The remains were found and described by Van Hoepen in 1920. Eucnemesaurus was described in 1985 as a theropod dinosaur called Aliwalia rex until 2006 a re-evaluation of the material determined Eucnemesaurus fortis as valid.

Eucnemesaurus fortis
Van Hoepen, 1920
Meaning of generic name
Greek "Good Tibia Lizard" named after the robustness of the tibiae
Meaning of specific name
From latin meaning Strong
Body Length: 36 ft (11 m)
Holotype: TM 119, a partial (fragmentary) skeleton consisting of vertebrae, pelvic remains and limb elements
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Lower Elliot Formation, Upper Triassic (Late Carnian-Early Norian)

Locality: Farm Zonderhout, Slabberts district, Orange Free State, South Africa.
Dinosauria Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Prosauropoda Riojasauridae
Further Reading
E. C. N. van Hoepen (1920). "Contributions to the knowledge of the reptiles of the Karroo Formation. 6. Further dinosaurian material in the Transvaal Museum", Annals of the Transvaal Museum 7(2): 93-141

Yates, A.M. (2006). "Solving a dinosaurian puzzle: the identity of Aliwalia rex Galton". Historical Biology, 1–31, iFirst article
Aliwalia rex, Galton 1985

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