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LEYESAURUS

an massospondylid sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of Argentina.
Pronunciation: lih-shih-SOR-us
Meaning: Leyes lizard
Author/s: Apaldetti et al. (2011)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: San Juan, Argentina
Chart Position: 614

Leyesaurus marayensis

(Leyes' lizard from Marayes-El Carrizal)Etymology
Leyesaurus is derived from "Leyes" (for the Leyes family, inhabitants of the small town Balde de Leyes, who made the discovery and notified paleontologists at the San Juan Museum) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, marayensis, refers to the Marayes-El Carrizal Basin, where the specimen was found. Is it just a coincidence that the LEYES family are from Balde de LEYES?
Discovery
The remains of Leyesaurus were discovered in the Quebrada del Barro Formation at Balde de Leyes (the first village in Argentina to receive its entire electricity supply from photovoltaic systems), Caucete Department of San Juan Province, Northwestern Argentina. The holotype (PVSJ 706) is a partial skeleton and skull.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Jurassic
Stage: uncertain
Age range: Uncertain
Stats:
Est. max. length: 2.5 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 45 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Massospondylidae
Leyesaurus
marayensis
References
• 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".
• Orlando Parodi, Klaus Preiser & Petra Schweizer-Ries — "Balde de Leyes: The Electrification of a Remote Village in Argentina".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "LEYESAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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