Pronunciation: lih-shih-SOR-us Meaning: Leyes lizard Author/s: Apaldetti et al. (2011) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: San Juan, Argentina Chart Position: 618
(Leyes' lizard from Marayes-El Carrizal)EtymologyLeyesaurus 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?
DiscoveryThe 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.