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STAURIKOSAURUS

a meat-eating herrerasaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic of Brasil.
staurikosaurus
Pronunciation: STOH-ree-ko-SOR-us
Meaning: Southern Cross lizard
Author/s: Colbert (1970)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Chart Position: 177

Staurikosaurus pricei

(Price's southern cross lizard)Etymology
Staurikosaurus is derived from the Greek "staurikos" ("of a cross") which refers to the star constellation "The Southern Cross" (pictured in the coat of arms of Brazil) which is only visible in the southern hemisphere, and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, pricei, honours Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price.
Discovery
The remains of Staurikosaurus were discovered in the Alemoa Member of the Santa Maria Formation, Alemõa, Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, by Llewellyn I. Price of the Museum of Comparative Zoology of Harvard College in 1936. The holotype (MCZ 1669) is a partial skeleton, including most of the spine, the legs and the lower jaw.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Carnian
Age range: 237-228 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 2.3 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.8 meters
Est. max. weight: 30 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Herrerasauridae
Staurikosaurus
pricei
References
• E. H. Colbert (1970) "A saurischian dinosaur from the Triassic of Brazil".
• Nesbitt, S. J., Smith, N. D., Irmis, R. B., Turner, A. H., Downs, A., and M. A. Norell (2009) "A complete skeleton of a Late Triassic saurischian and the early evolution of dinosaurs".
• Jonathas De Souza Bittencourt & Alexander Wilhelm Armin Kellner (2009) "The anatomy and phylogenetic position of the Triassic dinosaur Staurikosaurus pricei Colbert, 1970".
• Oscar A. Alcober and Ricardo N. Martinez (2010) "A new herrerasaurid (Dinosauria, Saurischia) from the Upper Triassic Ischigualasto Formation of northwestern Argentina".
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Atkinson, L. "STAURIKOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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