Lagerpeton

Name: Lagerpeton.
Phonetic: Lag-er-pe-ton.
Named By: Alfred S.‭ ‬Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1971.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauromorpha,‭ ‬Lagerpetidae.
Species: L.‭ ‬chanarensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Insectivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬70‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chaņares Formation.
Time period: Ladinian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of a few individuals.

       Lagerpeton is a very primitive dinosauromorph that lived in South America during the early Triassic.‭ ‬So primitive is Lagerpeton that it is easily among the most basal dinosauromorphs that we currently know about.‭ ‬Several features can be observed in the known Lagerpeton material including neural spins on the dorsal vertebrae that are slanting slightly forwards,‭ ‬a common feature seen in animals that spend a lot of time actually hopping about.‭ ‬The foot bones are also structured in such a way to aid a hopping movement.
       Lagerpeton was very small and lightly built,‭ ‬almost certainly relying upon its senses as well as quick reflexes and speed and agility to stay out of the jaws of predators such as rauisuchians.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The Chaņares‭ (‬Argentina‭) ‬Triassic reptile fauna.‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Two new but incompletely known long-limbed pseudosuchians.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Breviora‭ ‬378:1-10.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Alfred S.‭ ‬Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1971.
-‭ ‬Morphofunctional evolution of the pelvic girdle and hindlimb of Dinosauromorpha on the lineage to Sauropoda.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Fechner‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.



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