Pronunciation: ee-o-KUHR-sor Meaning: Dawn runner Author/s: Butler (2008) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Free State, South Africa Chart Position: 512
(Little dawn runner)EtymologyEocursor 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.
DiscoveryThe 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.