STL Science Center

STL Science Center

10 October 2014

von Huene's Lesser Known Dinosaurs

Friedrich von Huene named many dinosaurs during his career. In 1910 he described a Triassic dinosaur that had been discovered by William Taylor in a quarry in the quarries of Lossiemouth, Scotland. The dinosaur was a small bipedal carnivore with bones that were light and hollow like those of birds. The location of the quarries was near the town of Elgin and the dinosaur itself appears to have gracile limbs and all of these things put together gave von Huene the name for his animal: Saltopus elginensis (loosely translated Jumping foot of Elgin). The known material is not well preserved, but more on that later!

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