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Aardonyx

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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.

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Pronounced
ar-don-ix
Meaning of name
Earth claw
Length
over  8m
Diet
herbivorous
When it lived
Early Jurassic
(200 - 190 million years ago)
Found in
South Africa

Taxonomic details

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