a plant-eating sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Lesotho.
Ha Ralekoala, Lesotho
(Raquel's Coward lizard)Etymology
is derived from the Latin word "ignavus" ("coward", but can also mean "lazy") and the Greek "sauros" (lizard), not because it was any more of a scaredy-cat than other sauropodomorphs but because of its place of discovery — Ha Ralekoala — which literally means "The place of the
father of the coward". We'll bet there is an interesting story behind the name, and we would love to tell you what that story is. Unfortunately no-one knows. Not even Fabian Knoll (pers.comm.) who actually named Ignavusaurus
The species epithet
, honours paleontologist Raquel López-Antoñanzas of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid.
The remains of Ignavusaurus
were discovered in the reddish siltstone of the Upper Elliot Formation (Stormberg Group) at Ha Ralekoala, Quacha's Nek, Lesotho.
(BM HR 20) is a partial, well preserved articulated skeleton.
: Early Jurassic
: 201-196 mya
Est. max. length
: 1.5 meters
Est. max. hip height
Est. max. weight
: 22 Kg
• Fabien Knoll (2010) "A primitive sauropodomorph from the upper Elliot Formation of Lesotho".
• Yates, Adam M.; Matthew F. Bonnan and Johann Neveling (2011) "A new basal sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of South Africa".
• Cecilia Apaldetti, Ricardo N. Martinez, Oscar A. Alcober and Diego Pol (2011) "A New Basal Sauropodomorph (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from Quebrada del Barro Formation (Marayes-El Carrizal Basin), Northwestern Argentina".
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