Aniksosurus darwini were discovered in the Bajo Barreal Formation of Argentina in 2006. Paleontologists Rubén Dario Martínez and Fernando Emilio Novas discovered the fossil. The name Aniksosaurus means 'spring lizard', derived from a Greek word that means 'spring'. The fossil of this spring lizard was found on September 21, 1995, which is the day of spring onset in the Southern Hemisphere. The epithet was first coined in 1995; the name of the type species was given in honor of Charles Darwin. Through morphological evidence like growth cycles, the holotype was concluded to be about the age of three.
Aniksosaurus is pronounced as 'Ah-nik-o-sore-us.'
This theropod of the Southern Hemisphere belongs to the family Compsognathidae.
These dinosaurs roamed the Earth in the Cretaceous period in the Cenomanian to the Turonian stage of the Upper Cretaceous age.
It is unknown when exactly Aniksosaurus became Extinct.
Aniksosaurus fossils were found in the Bajo Barreal Formation in Central Patagonia, Argentina.
These creatures of the Southern Hemisphere were terrestrial.
It has been theorized that Aniksosauras lived in small groups because of the fossils found.
Not much is known about the average age of these dinosaurs.
They reproduced by laying eggs.
The description of Aniksosaurus darwini that can be gathered from its fossils is that they had hinged right hindlimb. This right limb consisted of the tibia, fibula, femur, and foot.
No estimate about the number of bones is made.
No information is available about its communication.
Aniksosaurus was 7-10 ft (2-3 m) in length and 2 ft (70 cm) in height.
The exact information about the movement of Aniksosaurus is unknown.
The body weight of Aniksosaurus was between 77-99 lb (35-45 kg).
There is no mention of distinct names for male and female Aniksosaurus.
No separate name was given to a baby Aniksosaurus.
Aniksosaurus were small in size, hence, it can said that they weren't very aggressive. It is not known if they possessed strong teeth.
Aniksosaurus darwini has some anatomical features based on which it can be distinguished from any other creature. These features include a wide neural canal, a rectangular femoral head, and the anterior trochanter in the femur that almost reaches the articular head.
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We've been unable to source an image of Aniksosaurus and have used an image of Compsognathidae instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Aniksosaurus, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected].