Podokesaurus

Name: Podokesaurus.
Phonetic: Poe-doe-key-sore-us.
Named By: Mignon Talbot‭ ‬-‭ ‬1911.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Coelophysoidea,‭ ‬Coelophysidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬holyokensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore/Carnivore.
Size: About‭ ‬90‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬-‭ ‬Portland Formation.
Time period: Early Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Two individuals of partial remains.‭ ‬Holotype destroyed in a fire.

       Podokesaurus is often spoken about as being a valid genus,‭ ‬yet the partial remains of the fossils attributed to this genus are considered to be near identical of another dinosaur named Coelophysis.‭ ‬In fact the genus is sometimes referenced as Coelophysis holyokensis,‭ ‬though the genus name Podokesaurus also still appears in use despite the first suggestion that the two genera are the same being made back in‭ ‬1964‭ ‬by Edwin H.‭ ‬Colbert.‭ ‬To add further confusion to which term is the more valid,‭ ‬the holotype of Podokesaurus was destroyed in a museum fire in the early‭ ‬1920s.‭ ‬Casts of these fossils remain,‭ ‬but these are only of the outer impressions and do not contain the hidden details‭ ‬obscured from view that might have been revealed by a CAT scan of the original fossils.
       Podokesaurus would have shared its habitat with the sauropodomorph Anchisaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Podokesaurus holyokensis,‭ ‬a new dinosaur of the Connecticut Valley,‭ ‬Mignon Talbot‭ ‬-‭ ‬1911.

-‭ ‬Coelurosaur bone casts from the Connecticut Valley Triassic,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Colbert‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬Baird‭ ‬-‭ ‬1958.

-‭ ‬The Triassic dinosaur genera Podokesaurus and Coelophysis,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬H,‭ ‬Colbert‭ ‬-‭ ‬1964.



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