a meat-eating herrerasaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic of Brasil.
Southern Cross lizard
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
(Price's southern cross lizard)Etymology
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
, honours Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price.
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.
(MCZ 1669) is a partial skeleton, including most of the spine, the legs and the lower jaw.
: 237-228 mya
Est. max. length
: 2.3 meters
Est. max. hip height
: 0.8 meters
Est. max. weight
: 30 Kg
• 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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