Named By: Richard Lydekker - 1893.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Thyreophora, Ankylosauria.
Species: S. leedsi (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: England - Oxford Clay Formation.
Time period: Callovian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial mandible (lower jaw).
Sarcolestes is a genus of ankylosaur that lived in England during the mid-Jurassic. Unfortunately the only part of this dinosaur that is known is a lower jaw bone, so it is difficult to infer much more about this dinosaur. The lack of fossil remains has also cast doubt upon the validity of this genus, which is why some list it as a Nomen dubium.
- On the jaw of a new carnivorous dinosaur from the Oxford Clay of Peterborough. - Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 49:284-287. - Richard Lydekker - 1893.