The Leyesaurus formed an Extinct genus of the Massospondylidae family. The name Leyesaurus originates from the Leyes family of the town Balde de Leyes who collected the dinosaur holotype. The specific name of the type species Leyesaurus marayensis refers to Marayes-El Carrizal Basin, the place from where the fossils were collected.
Leyesaurus is pronounced as 'Ley-e-sor-us'.
The Leyesaurus is a small sauropodomorph that lived in northwestern Argentina during the Latest Triassic.
The Leyesaurus lived during the Lower Jurassic period on Earth, the fossils dating back to the Latest Triassic era.
It is unknown when Leyesaurus became Extinct.
The Leyesaurus fossils were discovered from the Quebrada del Barro Formation of South America. They lived around the region of Marayes-El Carrizal Basin in the San Juan Province of northwestern Argentina.
They lived in the terrestrial habitats of Argentina that show varied diversity.
The Leyesaurus skeleton belongs to a single specimen, and there is no indication of the herding behavior of the dinosaur.
Paleontologists have not estimated their lifespan yet.
They are oviparous in nature.
A nearly complete skull of the Leyesaurus was found that was 7 in (18 cm) in length. The genus is closely related to Adeopapposaurus. It is not known if they had feathers.
The discovered fossils of the genus include the skull and mandible along with some postcranial remains.
It is not known how they communicated.
Paleontologists estimated the length of the Leyesaurus to be around 8 ft (2.5 m).
The speed of this animal has not been calculated.
The total weight of the dinosaur is unknown.
Both male and female species were known as Leyesaurus.
A baby Leyesaurus is called a nestling.
Leyesaurus was herbivore in nature that used to eat plants and fruits. They were less aggressive and were threatened by the theropods.
The Leyesaurus was named by some renowned personalities like Oscar A. Alcober, Ricardo N. Martinez, Diego Pol, and Cecilia Apaldetti.
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