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Halticosaurus
Halticosaurus longotarsus
Name Halticosaurus
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Class Sauroposida
Name Translation Long-Tarsus Nimble Lizard
Period Late Triassic Period
Location Germany
Diet Carnivore
Size 16.9 feet (5.15 metres)

Halticosaurus (meaning "nimble lizard") is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic period. It was a coelophysoid found in the Middle Stubensandstein formation of what is present-day Germany. Some researchers consider Halticosaurus the same genus as Liliensternus, but Samuel Welles found differences in the femoral head and the anterior trochanter.

Species[]

The type species, Halticosaurus longotarsus, was based on partial jawbones and teeth, partial vertebrae, a few arm and leg bones, and fragments of an ilium, and was found mixed in with the remains of a prosauropod dinosaur, Sellosaurus gracilis. A second species assigned to this genus, "Halticosaurus orbitoangulatus", turned out to be a crocodylomorph. A third species, H. liliensterni, has been reclassified as Liliensternus.

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