Aardonyx

Aardonyx

Pronunciation:
ar-don-ix
Name meaning:
'Earth claw'
Aardonyx
sauropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
sauropod
Length:
8.0m
Diet:
herbivorous herbivorous food icon
When it lived:
Early Jurassic, 199-189 million years ago
Found in:
South Africa

Aardonyx is known from 2 immature individuals. Adults would have been much larger, probably over 10m.

Aardonyx would have been largely bipedal (walking on 2 legs) but also capable of walking on all 4 legs. This and its way of feeding are transitional features between those of basal sauropodomorphs and the more derived sauropods (large dinosaurs that walked on all fours) that came later.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Prosauropoda, Anchisauria
Named by:
Yates, Bonnan, Neveling, Chinsamy and Blackbeard 2010 (2009)
Type species:
celestae

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