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EOCURSOR

a plant-eating ornithischian dinosaur from the Late Triassic of South Africa.
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Pronunciation: ee-o-KUHR-sor
Meaning: Dawn runner
Author/s: Butler (2008)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Free State, South Africa
Chart Position: 515

Eocursor parvus

(Little dawn runner)Etymology
Eocursor is derived from the Greek "eos" (dawn) and the Latin "cursor" (runner), referring to its early occurrence and apparent locomotory abilities.
The species epithet, parvus, means "little" in Latin.
Discovery
The remains of Eocursor were discovered in a "donga" (gully) at Damplaats Farm in the upper part of the Lower Elliot Formation, Ladybrand District, Free State, Republic of South Africa, in 1993. The holotype (SAM-PK-K8025, housed at Iziko South African Museum) is a partial skeleton including material from the lower jaw, arms, hands, pelvis, legs and feet, and vertebrae from the neck, back, hip and tail. All in all, it's around 25% complete.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Carnian
Age range: 237-228 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.3 meters
Est. max. weight: 5 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Ornithischia
Eocursor
parvus
References
• R.J. Butler, R.M.H. Smith and D.B. Norman (2007) "A primitive ornithischian dinosaur from the Late Triassic of South Africa, and the early evolution and diversification of Ornithischia".
• M.K. Brett-Surman, T.R. Holtz and J.O. Farlow (2012) "The Complete Dinosaur: Second Edition".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "EOCURSOR :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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