- Vulcanodon karibaensis
- Raath, 1972
- Meaning of generic name
- Volcano tooth
- Meaning of specific name
- From Lake Kariba
- Length: 6.5 m, Skull length: ?
- Holotype (QG 24): postcranial skeleton (pelvis, hindlimb and foot, forearm, proximal section of the tail)
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Vulcanodon Beds Formation, Lower Jurassic (Hettangian).
Locality: Lake Kariba Island, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe.
- Dinosauria Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Sauropoda Vulcanodontidae
- Further Reading
- M. A. Raath. 1972. Fossil vertebrate studies in Rhodesia: a new dinosaur (Reptilia: Saurischia) from near the Tria-Jurassic boundary. Arnoldia 5(31):1-37.
- Image by Tobu Namura (click to enlarge)
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Vulcanodon was a small primitive sauropod from the Early Jurassic of Africa. It was originally classified as a melanosaurid prosauropod based on sharp teeth associated with the skeleton but it was since then shown that the teeth belonged to an unidentified theropod that was scavenging on the remains of Vulcanodon.