Sarcosaurus

Sarcosaurus

About Sarcosaurus

Sarcosaurus (meaning 'flesh lizard') is a genus of theropod dinosaur, either a coelophysoid or a basal ceratosaur, roughly 3.5 meters long. It lived during the Sinemurian stage of the Early Jurassic, about 194 million years ago. Fossils of Sarcosaurus were found in the Lower Lias of England. The type species, Sarcosaurus woodi, was first described by Charles William Andrews in 1921 shortly after a partial skeleton had been found by S.L. Wood near Barrow-on-Soar. The generic name is derived from Greek sarx, 'flesh'. The specific name honours Wood. The holotype, BMNH 4840/1, consists of a pelvis, a vertebra and the upper part of a femur. The preserved length of the femur is 31.5 centimetres.

Contributions by Firsfron, J. Spencer, and Dinoguy2.