Velocipes

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Velocipes
Temporal range: Late Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Genus: Velocipes
von Huene, 1932
Species
  • V. guerichi von Huene, 1932 (type)

Velocipes (meaning "quick foot") is a possible theropod dinosaur genus from the Late Triassic. Its fossils were found in the Norian-age Lissauer Breccia of southern Poland.

Taxonomy[edit]

The type species, V. guerichi, was first described by von Huene in 1932, based on the proximal portion of a fibula.[1] A later paper, published in 2000 by Rauhut and Hungerbuhler, claimed that the only specimen of this animal was not well-preserved enough to be confidently identified as a fibula, and classified the genus as an "indeterminate vertebrate".[2] However, an SVP abstract reviewing putative dinosauriform remains from the Triassic of southern Poland confirmed the original theropod classification of Velocipes by von Huene.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huene, F. von. (1932). Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia, ihre Entwicklung und Geschichte. Monogr. Geol. Pal. 4 (1) pts. 1 and 2, viii + 361 pp.
  2. ^ Rauhut, O. W., and Hungerbühler, A. (2000). "A review of European Triassic theropods." Gaia, 15: 75-88.
  3. ^ Czepinski et al., 2014. A RE-EVALUATION OF THE PURPORTED DINOSAUR FINDS FROM THE MIDDLE-LATE TRIASSIC OF POLAND. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34 (Supplement to volume 5): 115A.