Name: Elaphrosaurus bambergi
Name Meaning: Lightweight lizard
First Described: 1920
Described By: Janensch
Classification: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Ceratosauria
Elaphrosaurus was a rather strange theropod from the Late Jurassic period, in the Tithonian age (around 154 to 150 million years ago.) It was discovered in the Tendaguru Formation in Tanzania, and as such it lived in an area rich with dinosaurs. It lived with the sauropods Giraffatitan, Australodocus, Janenschia, Tornieria, and Dicraeosaurus, allosaurids and other ceratosaurs, the early carcharodontosaurid Veterupristisaurus, Kentrosaurus, and the iguanodontid Dysalotosaurus. It lived near the ocean, and as such shared its habitat with many pterosaurs. It is also known from possible (but inconclusive) footprints in Niger and Jerusalem. Elaphrosaurus was discovered before much of the theropod clades had been properly organized. As such, Elaphrosaurus has been shunted around between many groups, from the coelurids (which was a wastebasket taxon for small theropods), to the ornithomimids, and now it has been put in the Ceratosauria, with Limusaurus as its closest relative. It was a 6.2 meter long carnivore, with a shallow chest, and very short hindlimbs (much like the tyrannosaurids, though Elaphrosaurus was probably not in an ancestor clade group.)It also had a long neck and an elongate skull. Many other species have been described, however, they are all now considered dubious.
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