Name: Halticosaurus ‭(‬Nimble lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Hal-te-co-sore-us.
Named By: Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1908.‭
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Halticosauridae.
Species: H.‭ ‬longotarsus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: ‭C‬arnivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to be about 5.5 meters long.
Known locations: Germany‭ ‬-‭ ‬Stubensandstein.
Time period: Norian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial jaw and post cranial remains.

       Since its creation Halticosaurus has had a lot of fossil remains attributed to it but most of these have been reassigned to other genera.‭ ‬Best known of these is the creation of a new species called H.‭ ‬liliensterni which ended up being raised as the genus Liliensternus in‭ ‬1984.‭ ‬Other theropod dinosaur remains that were attributed to Halticosaurus were also transferred to Liliensternus in‭ ‬1993,‭ ‬but they were actually raised as a new genus as well,‭ ‬Lophostropheus.‭ ‬On top of this,‭ ‬another previously assigned species of Halticosaurus,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬orbitoangulatus,‭ ‬has now been found to be described from the remains of a crocodylomorph,‭ ‬a very different kind of reptile.‭
       With most of the attributed fossil material now reassigned not much is known about Halticosaurus,‭ ‬especially when you consider that most of the early descriptions of this dinosaur were based upon the fossil material now attributed to Liliensternus.‭ ‬The only safe things that can be said about Halticosaurus is that it was a lightly built theropod dinosaur that shared its European habitat with similar theropods,‭ ‬primitive sauropodomorph dinosaurs while primitive pterosaurs like Eudimorphodon were already controlling the skies.

Further reading
- Die Dinosaurier der Europäischen Triasformation mit berücksichtigung der Ausseuropäischen vorkommnisse [The dinosaurs of the European Triassic formations with consideration of occurrences outside Europe]. - Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungen Suppl. 1(1):1-419. - F. von Huene - 1908.
- Reassessment of cf. Halticosaurus orbitoangulatus from the Upper Triassic (Norian) of Germany - a pseudosuchian, not a dinosaur. - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 168 (4): 859. - H. D. Sues & R. R. Schoch - 2013.


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