Holotype specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Prosauropoda
Family: Massospondylidae
Genus: Aetonyx
Broom, 1911
Type species
Aetonyx palustris
Broom, 1911

Aetonyx (meaning “eagle claw”, referring to its claws, which were like those of an eagle (Greek αετος/aëtos = eagle + ονυξ/onyx = claw) was the name given to the fossilized remains of Early Jurassic dinosaur which lived around 198 million years ago during the Hettangian stage.

It used to be classified as a carnosaur, but has since been identified as a prosauropod. Aetonyx is now, therefore, a sauropodomorph.

Life reconstruction

The type species, A. palustris, was named by Robert Broom (1856-1911). The fossil came from South Africa.


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