Fun Eucnemesaurus Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 16, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Apr 18, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Eucnemesaurus facts talk about how they are sometimes confused with the genus Aliwalia.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 3.4 Min

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 Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Eucnemesaurus'?

Eucnemesaurus is pronounced as 'Yew-nem-e-sore-us'.

What type of dinosaur was a Eucnemesaurus?

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.

In which geological period did the Eucnemesaurus roam the Earth?

These dinosaurs existed during the Carnian age of the Triassic period. This was the era when primitive sauropods started evolving.

When did the Eucnemesaurus become extinct?

This species became extinct about 252-200 million years ago due to natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and meteor impacts.

Where did Eucnemesaurus live?

The fossils of this species were excavated from South Africa by Egbert Cornelis Nicolaas Van Hoepen.

What was the Eucnemesaurus' habitat?

Eucnemesaurus were plant-eaters. So they probably roamed in grasslands and dense vegetation areas.

Who did the Eucnemesaurus live with?

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.

How long did a Eucnemesaurus live?

Although the exact lifespan of these reptiles is now known, the sauropodomorph fauna generally had a life span of 60-70 years.

How did they reproduce?

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.

Eucnemesaurus Fun Facts

What did the Eucnemesaurus look like?

According to vertebrate paleontology, these dinosaurs were primitive sauropods with huge bulky bodies. They were quadrupeds with sharp claws on their feet.

Know all about Eucnemesaurus size and habitat.

How many bones did a Eucnemesaurus have?

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.

How did they communicate?

These dinosaurs of the Triassic world were able to communicate visually as well as vocally by producing small grunts and other similar sounds.

How big was the Eucnemesaurus?

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).

How fast could a Eucnemesaurus move?

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.

How much did a Eucnemesaurus weigh?

According to the evidence of the dinosaurian material of this species, their estimated weight is thought to be about 1213 lb (550.2 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

No specific names are attributed to the male and female Eucnemesaurus dinosaurs.

What would you call a baby Eucnemesaurus?

A hatchling, or perhaps, a nestling, would be a perfect name for the baby Eucnemesaurus.

How aggressive were they?

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.

Did You Know…

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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Eucnemesaurus Facts

What Did They Prey On?


what Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


What Did They Look Like?

Large body with robust legs

How Much Did They Weigh?

1213 lb (550.2 kg)

Skin Type


How Long Were They?

19.7 ft (6 m)

How Tall Were They?










Scientific Name

Eucnemesaurus fortis

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Grasslands and dense vegetation areas

Where Did They Live?

South Africa
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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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