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AVIPES

an archosaur (initially thought to be a coelurosaur or a ceratosaur) from the Middle Triassic of Germany.
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Pronunciation: AY-vi-pees
Meaning: Bird foot
Author/s: von Huene (1932)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Dillstedt, Germany
Chart Position: 126

Avipes dillstedtianus

Avipes dillstedtianus, from Middle Triassic Lettenkohlensandstein deposits near Dillstedt, Germany, was named "bird foot" and classified as a ceratosaur by Friedrich von Huene based upon three articulated but terribly hard to diagnose metatarsals.

These foot bones don't seem to be the property of a bird or a dinosaur, or a bird-like dinosaur, and have as much chance of belonging to a pterosaur or crocodilian. Rauhut and Hungerbuhler tagged it an "indeterminate archosaur" in 2000 and this, my friends, is as specific as its classification will ever get barring new discoveries.
(Bird foot of Dillstedt)Etymology
Avipes is derived from the Latin "avis" (bird) and "pes" (foot).
The species epithet, dillstedtianus, combines "Dillstedt" (the fossil site in Thuringia, Germany) with the Latin "ianus" (which can mean "belonging to" or "coming from" or "involved with").
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Anisian-Ladinian?
Age range: 247-237 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree:
Archosauromorpha
Archosauria
Avipes
dillstedtianus
References
• F. von Huene (1932) "Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia, ihre Entwicklung und Geschichte" (The fossil reptile order Saurischia, their development and history).
Volume 4 of Monographien zur Geologie und Paleontologie: Série 1.
• O.W.M.Rahaut and A. Hungerbuhler (1998) "A review of European Triassic theropods".
GAIA: revista de geociências, 1998, no. 15, p. 75.
• David B. Norman (2004) "Problematic Theropoda: Coelurosaurs" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska (eds.) "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "AVIPES :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 24th Jun 2017.
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