Named By: X. A. Jenkins, A. C. Pritchard, A. D. Marsh, B. T. Kligman, C. A. Sidor & K. E. Reed - 2020.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Drepanosauromorpha, Elyurosauria, Drepanosauridae.
Species: S. skapter (type).
Known locations: USA, Arizona - Chinle Formation.
Time period: Late Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.
is a genus of drepanosaur
that lived in North America during the late
Triassic. Drepanosaurs are sometimes referred to as ‘monkey
lizards’ for their commonly perceived lifestyle of climbing amongst
trees with their enlarged ungual claws gripping branches. However the
describers of Skybalonyx have a different
interpretation for this
genus, instead suggesting that the ungual claw of Skybalonyx
actually more suited for digging.
- Using manual ungual morphology to predict substrate use in the Drepanosauromorpha and the description of a new species. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Online edition. - X. A. Jenkins, A. C. Pritchard, A. D. Marsh, B. T. Kligman, C. A. Sidor & K. E. Reed - 2020.