Named By: Christian F. Kammerer, Sterling J. Nesbitt, John J. Flynn, Lovasoa Ranivoharimanana & André R. Wyss - 2020.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Archosauria, Ornithodira, Dinosauromorpha, Lagerpetidae.
Species: K. kely (type).
Size: Estimated 10 centimetres tall at hip.
Known locations: Madagascar.
Time period: Ladinian/Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull, jaw and post cranial remains.
is a genus of ornithodiran archosaur that lived in Madagascar during
the Triassic. As far as Triassic archosaurs go Kongonaphon
and in itself the holotype specimen is a rare example of such a small
creature. Kongonaphon also had small conical
teeth, which combines
with the small overall body size, suggests that Kongonaphon
like a hunter of insects. This is reflected in the genus name
Kongonaphon which roughly translates as ‘bug
- A tiny ornithodiran archosaur from the Triassic of Madagascar and the role of miniaturization in dinosaur and pterosaur ancestry. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. - Christian F. Kammerer, Sterling J. Nesbitt, John J. Flynn, Lovasoa Ranivoharimanana & André R. Wyss - 2020.