- Glacialisaurus hammeri
- Smith & Pol, 2007
- Meaning of generic name
- From the Latin glacialis, meaning “icy” or “frozen”, in reference to the geographic location of the type species.
- Meaning of specific name
- In honor of Dr. William R. Hammer
- Holotype (FMNH PR1823): a partial right astragalus, medial and lateral distal tarsals, and partial right metatarsus preserved in articulation with each other.
Referred materials: FMNH PR1822, a distal left femur
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Hanson Formation. Lower Jurassic (Sinem.-Plienb.).
Locality: Mt. Kirkpatrick, Beardmore Glacier region, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.
- Dinosauria Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Prosauropoda Massospondylidae
- Further Reading
- N. D. Smith and D. Pol. 2007. Anatomy of a basal sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Hanson Formation of Antarctica. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 52(4):657-674.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Only known from a partial hind limb and foot, this prosauropod from of Antarctica shows that primitive forms such as Glacialisaurus lived alongside more derived sauropodomorphs in the Early Jurassic. A phylogenetic analysis shows it is most closely related to the Chinese Lufengosaurus.