Euskelosaurus (good leg lizard)
Thomas Henry Huxley - 1866
Estimated 4-6 meters long
E. browni (type)
Lesotho - Lower Elliot Formation. South Africa - Lower Elliot Formation. Zimbabwe - Mpandi Formation
Middle Triassic, 245–228 million years ago
Euskelosaurus is a genus of sauropodomorph dinosaur that lived during the Middle Triassic period, around 245-228 million years ago, in what is now South Africa. The name Euskelosaurus means “good leg lizard”, and it refers to the robust nature of its hind limbs.
Euskelosaurus was a medium-sized dinosaur, reaching lengths of up to 4-6 meters. It had a long neck and tail, and its front legs were shorter than its hind legs. It is thought to have been a herbivore, using its long neck to reach vegetation.
Euskelosaurus is significant in the study of dinosaur evolution because it is one of the earliest known sauropodomorphs. It had many features that are characteristic of later sauropods, such as elongated neck and tail, but it also retained some primitive features, such as a smaller size and shorter forelimbs. Its fossils have been found in the Karoo Basin in South Africa, where many other early dinosaurs have also been discovered.