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SEFAPANOSAURUS

a plant-eating anchisaurian sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of South Africa.
sefapanosaurus
Pronunciation: seff-AH-puh-no-SOR-us
Meaning: Cross lizard
Author/s: Otero et al. (2015)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Free State, South Africa
Chart Position: 745

Sefapanosaurus zastronensis

(Cross lizard from Zastro)Etymology
Sefapanosaurus is derived from the Sesotho word "sefapano" (cross) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard), in reference to the Tau Cross-shaped (or "T"-shaped) projection of bone (aka ascending process) on the ankle. The species epithet, zastronensis, means "from Zastron" in Latin.
Discovery
The remains of Sefapanosaurus were discovered in the Upper Elliot Formation close to the town of Zastron, Free State, South Africa, about 30 km west of the Lesotho border, by A. W. Keyser.
The holotype (BP/1/386) is a an ankle, a heel bone, and three metatarsals from the left foot. Referred material from at least four individuals (BP/1/7409–7455) includes vertebrae from the neck, back, hip and tail, most of a forelimb, and a partial hindlimb.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Jurassic
Stage: Hettangian-Simemurian
Age range: 201-196 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Anchisauria
Sefapanosaurus
zastronensis
References
• Alejandro Otero, Emil Krupandan, Diego Pol, Anusuya Chinsamy and Jonah Choinier "A new basal sauropodiform from South Africa and the phylogenetic relationships of basal sauropodomorphs". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Volume 174, Issue 3, pages 589–634.
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Atkinson, L. "SEFAPANOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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