Podokesaurus

Podokesaurus holyokensis

  • Pronounced:  poe - Doe - keh - Sore - us

  • Diet:  Carnivore (meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Swift-footed Lizard"

  • Length:  3 feet (1 m)

  • Height:  1 foot (30 cm)

  • Weight:  10 pounds (4 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Jurassic - 190 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in North America

Podokesaurus is one of the oldest dinosaurs known from the eastern United States. It was a very small, swift hunter. Unfortunately, the only fossils of this little dinosaur were destroyed in a fire, but casts were made which are used for study. There is some discussion among scientists as to whether or not this dinosaur is actually Coelophysis.

Podokesaurus very closely resembles the smaller specimens of Coelophysis, but not enough material exists to make an absolute determination. Additionally, if this is indeed another species of Coelophysis, it is separated by a considerable time and distance.



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