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VELOCIPES

a highly dubious possible theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic of Poland.
Pronunciation: veh-LOH-sih-pez
Meaning: Swift foot
Author/s: von Huene (1932)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Górny Śląsk, Poland
Chart Position: 128

Velocipes guerichi

Friedrich von Huene named Velocipes on the strength of what he believed to be the top bit of a left calf bone (that's a fibula, not a baby cow). Truth is, it's in such a terribly poor state you would be hard pressed to tell which part of the body it came from never mind which creature it belonged to.

It was discovered in the Lissauer Breccia Formation at Górny Śląsk, Poland in 1932 and all that can be said with any certainty is... it's a bone. Rahaut and Hungerbuhler tagged it "Vertebrata indet." in their 1998 review of European Triassic theropods which, as far as fossils go, is about as bad as it gets.
(Gürich's Quick foot)Etymology
Velocipes is derived from the Latin "velocis" (swift) and "pes" (foot). The species epithet, guerichi (originally "gürichi"), honors German geologist, paleontologist and botanist Georg Julius Ernst Gürich (Guerich) who lived from September 1859 to August 1938.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: unknown
Age range: unknown
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree:
Vertebrata
indet.
Velocipes
guerichi
References
• F. von Huene (1932) "Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia, ihre Entwicklung und Geschichte" (The fossil reptile order Saurischia, their development and history).
Monographien zur Geologie und Paleontologie: Série 1, Vol. 4.
• Rahaut and Hungerbuhler (1998) "A review of European Triassic theropods".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "VELOCIPES :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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