Blikanasaurus cromptoni

  • Pronounced:  bli - Kan - ah - Saw - rus

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Blikana Lizard"

  • Length:  16 feet (5 m)

  • Height:  5 feet (1.7 m)

  • Weight:  1,000 pounds (450 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Triassic - 225 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Africa

Blikanasaurus was one of the earliest dinosaurs, and one of the first of what would evolve into the big, long-necked sauropod dinosaurs.

Blikanasaurus was an African dinosaur whose ancestors may have walked to Africa from South America. It was fairly heavy for its size, and as such, it was one of the first dinosaurs to begin walking primarily on four legs - although it probably still could have moved about on two legs.

Blikanasaurus represents a unique point in dinosaur evolution as it seems to demonstrate how nature experiments with different designs. In fact, there is still discussion as to whether Blikanasaurus was an evolutionary dead end as some of its characteristics don't appear in later sauropods. One example is that this animal had a greatly reduced fifth metatarsal (foot bone); this bone was much larger in later sauropods and it is not likely that it would have evolved to become larger.

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