Elaphrosaurus ‭(‬Lightweight lizard‭)

Elaphrosaurus ‭(‬Lightweight lizard‭)


Named By

Werner Janensch‭ ‬-‭ ‬1920




Estimated 6.2 meters long

Type of Dinosaur

Large Theropod

Type Species

E.‭ ‬bambergi‭ (‬type‭)

Found in

Tanzania‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tendaguru Formation.‭ ‬Possibly also USA‭ ‬-‭ ‬Morrison Formation

When it Lived

Late Jurassic, 154-150 million years ago

Elaphrosaurus Facts

Elaphrosaurus, meaning “lightweight lizard,” is a genus of theropod dinosaur that lived during the Late Jurassic period, approximately 154 to 150 million years ago, in what is now Tanzania.

Elaphrosaurus was a relatively small and lightweight theropod dinosaur, with a long neck and tail, and slender, agile legs. Its overall body plan suggests that it was a fast runner and a highly active predator, likely feeding on small to medium-sized animals.

The discovery of Elaphrosaurus has provided important insights into the diversity and evolution of theropod dinosaurs during the Late Jurassic period, a time when many of the major groups of dinosaurs were evolving and diversifying. Its physical characteristics suggest that it was a highly specialized and successful species, adapted to its environment and ecological niche.

Despite its importance, relatively few fossils of Elaphrosaurus have been found, making it a relatively poorly known dinosaur. Nonetheless, it remains a fascinating and important species for scientists and dinosaur enthusiasts alike, offering important clues into the complex ecosystems and evolutionary processes of the Late Jurassic period in Africa.

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