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Ignavusaurus

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Ignavusaurus known for?

Ignavusaurus is a genus of dinosaur that belonged to the group of sauropodomorphs, which were long-necked, herbivorous, and often very large animals.
Ignavusaurus lived in the early Jurassic period, about 200 million years ago, in what is now Lesotho, a country in southern Africa.
It was a relatively small dinosaur, with an estimated body length of 1.5 meters and a weight of 22.5 kilograms.
It was probably a fast-growing animal, based on the analysis of its bones.

Ignavusaurus is known for being one of the most primitive sauropodomorphs, meaning that it had some features that were more similar to the ancestors of dinosaurs than to the later and more advanced sauropods, such as Brontosaurus or Diplodocus.
For example, Ignavusaurus had a fully open hip socket, which allowed more flexibility in its movements, and a large shin bone, which indicated that it was a good runner.

Ignavusaurus was discovered in 2010 by a Spanish paleontologist named Fabien Knoll, who named it after the place where it was found, Ha Ralekoala, which means "The place of the father of the coward" in the local language.
The species name, rachelis, honors another Spanish paleontologist, Raquel López-Antoñanzas.

Ignavusaurus is a rare and important fossil that helps us understand the early evolution of dinosaurs and their adaptations to different environments.
It is also a fascinating example of the diversity and richness of life in the past.

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What does the Ignavusaurus look like?

Ignavusaurus was a small, herbivorous dinosaur that belonged to the group of sauropodomorphs, the ancestors of the giant long-necked sauropods.

It lived about 200 million years ago in what is now Lesotho, in southern Africa.

Ignavusaurus had a slender body, with a long neck and tail.

It was about 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) long and weighed about 22.5 kilograms (50 pounds).

It had a small head with a pointed snout and many small, leaf-shaped teeth.

It probably walked on four legs, but could also stand on its hind legs to reach higher plants.

Ignavusaurus was one of the most primitive sauropodomorphs, meaning it had some features that were different from its later relatives.

For example, it had a fully open hip socket, and a large shin bone.

It also had a unique pattern of tooth wear, suggesting it had a different way of chewing its food.

Ignavusaurus was named after the place where it was found, Ha Ralekoala, which means "The place of the father of the coward" in Sesotho.

The species name, rachelis, honors the Spanish paleontologist Raquel López-Antoñanzas.

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