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Temporal range: Late Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda?
Genus: Blikanasaurus
Species: B. cromptoni
Binomial name
Blikanasaurus cromptoni
Galton & van Heerden, 1985

Blikanasaurus (meaning "Blikana lizard") was a genus of sauropodomorph dinosaur found in Lower Elliot Formation rocks from the Late Triassic near the Blikana location in what is now South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. The type specimen is housed in the South African Museum in Cape Town. Known from a left lower limb only, it has been variously classified as a prosauropod or basal sauropod. The type species, Blikanasaurus cromptoni, was first described by Galton and van Heerden in 1985. It is the type genus of the Family Blikanasauridae. The species name is in honour of Dr AW (Fuzz) Crompton, then director of the South African Museum, thereafter at Yale and Harvard.[1]


  1. ^ Galton, Peter M.; Van Heerden, Jacques (1985). "Partial hindlimb of Blikanasaurus cromptoni n. gen. And n. Sp.,representing a new family of prosauropod dinosaurs from the upper triassic of South Africa". Geobios. 18 (4): 509. doi:10.1016/S0016-6995(85)80003-6.