Saltopus

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NameSaltopus
Diet
Weight9 kg
Length1 meter
Height0.3 meters
Period
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Saltopus was a genus of very small bipedal dinosaur that lived in the late Triassic period, about 225-222 million years ago. This was when the Earth was warmer than it is today. In 1910, fossils were found in Scotland by Friedrich von. The name means "jumping foot".

Since the remains found were incomplete, so some information about the creature is uncertain. However, it was the size of a small cat, with hollow bones like those of a bird, a long head with dozens of small, sharp teeth. It had five fingers on its hands, but the fourth and fifth fingers were tiny. It was a carnivore that had eaten mostly insects, or a scavenger ate the carcasses it found. It walked on two legs and was a relatively fast runner.

Saltopus was 80 to 100 cm long and weighed 1 kg.

What does saltopus mean?

The name saltopus means "jumping foot".

When does the saltopus live?

Saltopus was a genus of very small bipedal dinosauriform that lived in the late Triassic period, about 225-222 million years ago.

What does the saltopus eat?

A saltopus was a carnivore that had eaten mainly insects, or a scavenger ate the carcasses it found. 

Where was the jump found?

In 1910, fossils were found in Scotland by Friedrich von. 

Where did they live?

When did they live?

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Who discovered them?

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  • Huene, F.R. von (1910). "Ein primitiver Dinosaurier aus der mittleren Trias von Elgin." Geol. Pal. Abh. n. s., 8: 315-322.
  • Michael J. Benton and Alick D. Walker†. 2011. "Saltopusa dinosauriform from the Upper Triassic of Scotland", Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Volume 101Special Issue 3-4, pp 285 - 299 Royal Society of Edinburgh 2011. Published online: 17 May 2011 doi 10.1017/S1755691011020081
  • Paul, G.S. (1988). Predatory Dinosaurs of the World. New York: Simon and Schuster. 464 pp.
  • Rauhut, O.M.W. and A. Hungerbühler. (2000). "A review of European Triassic theropods." Gaia, 15: 75-88.
  • Baron, M.G., Norman, D.B., and Barrett, P.M.. (2017). A new hypothesis of dinosaur relationships and early dinosaur evolution. Nature, 543: 501-506. doi:10.1038/nature21700.
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Fun Facts

  • The name saltopus means "jumping foot".
  • A saltopus was a carnivore that had eaten mainly insects, or a scavenger ate the carcasses it found. 
  • It was a bipedal dinosaur.
  • It was the size of a small cat.
  • He was a relatively fast runner.

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