Eucnemesaurus dinosaurs were primitive sauropods that existed during the Triassic period. Their partial fossils were excavated by Egbert Cornelis Nicolaas Van Hoepen from South Africa.
Eucnemesaurus dinosaurs did not have feathers and were covered with scales, just like other reptiles. They were huge herbivores.
Eucnemesaurus is pronounced as 'Yew-nem-e-sore-us'.
Eucnemesaurus belonged to the primitive sauropodomorph fauna. Also, they were in the early evolution phase. They are often thought of as part of the primitive genus Aliwalia.
These dinosaurs existed during the Carnian age of the Triassic period. This was the era when primitive sauropods started evolving.
This species became extinct about 252-200 million years ago due to natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and meteor impacts.
The fossils of this species were excavated from South Africa by Egbert Cornelis Nicolaas Van Hoepen.
Eucnemesaurus were plant-eaters. So they probably roamed in grasslands and dense vegetation areas.
They may have lived solitarily or foraged in small groups. Certain research pieces reveal that juvenile sauropods lived in small groups, and the adults lived alone.
Although the exact lifespan of these reptiles is now known, the sauropodomorph fauna generally had a life span of 60-70 years.
The historical biology from the partial skeleton of Eucnemesaurus reveals that they were egg-laying animals, just like other reptiles. They protected their amniotic eggs, which they laid on small dug-outs.
According to vertebrate paleontology, these dinosaurs were primitive sauropods with huge bulky bodies. They were quadrupeds with sharp claws on their feet.
Due to a lack of valid dinosaurian material of this species, we are unable to determine the total number of bones they possessed. The recent study on the fossils highlights that only partial evidence was obtained from three dinosaur species. These included a vertebra, a femur, two tibias, and a small part of the pubis, which were discovered by Van Hoepen.
These dinosaurs of the Triassic world were able to communicate visually as well as vocally by producing small grunts and other similar sounds.
The evidence from the fossils, along with the vertebrate paleontology, reveals that these dinosaurs were quite large, with a body length of about 19.7 ft (6 m). This was bigger than the primitive sauropod, Ohmdenosaurus, which had a length of about 13 ft (4 m).
Due to a lack of specimen evidence, we are unable to confirm the exact speed with which the Eucnemesaurus moved. However, the sauropods, in general, moved with an average speed of 4.5 mph (7.2 kph). Also, their heavy body, balanced on thick legs, concludes the fact that they were not great runners.
According to the evidence of the dinosaurian material of this species, their estimated weight is thought to be about 1213 lb (550.2 kg).
No specific names are attributed to the male and female Eucnemesaurus dinosaurs.
A hatchling, or perhaps, a nestling, would be a perfect name for the baby Eucnemesaurus.
As they were plant-eaters, we can assume that they were not aggressive in nature. However, their large body with long necks surely intimidated most of the creatures of the Triassic epoch, and they defended themselves with their sharp claws and long tail.
The Eucnemesaurus dinosaurs, the fossils of which were discovered by Van Hoepen, were at first thought to be a part of the Aliwalia genus. This included all the carnivores. Later on, the new material of this species was found, which led the paleontologists to change their genus from Aliwalia to Eucnemesaurus.
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