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SALTOPUS
"Leaping Foot"


ANATOMY
Saltopus Saltopus was a small, lightly-built dinosaur that walked on two legs. It was about 2 feet long (0.7 m) and weighing about 2 pounds (1 kg), about the size of a small cat. It had light, hollow bones, and a long head with dozens of small, sharp teeth. Saltopus has five fingers on its hands, but the fourth and fifth digits were very small.

WHEN SALTOPUS LIVED
Saltopus lived in the late Triassic period, about 225-222 million years ago, when the Earth was warmer than it is now. Saltopus was a very early dinosaur; very few dinosaurs had evolved yet during this period.

DIET
Saltopus was a carnivore, a meat eater that may have primarily eaten insects. It may also have been a scavenger, eating carcasses that it found.

LOCOMOTION
Saltopus walked on two legs and was a relatively fast runner. Dinosaur speeds are estimated using their morphology (characteristics like leg length and estimated body mass) and fossilized trackways.

DISCOVERY OF FOSSILS
Saltopus was named by the German paleontologist Friedrick von Huene in 1910. Partial fossils have been found in Scotland.

CLASSIFICATION
Saltopus may have been a saurischian ("lizard-hipped") dinosaur, a theropod, and a member of the infraorder Herrerasauria (which includes Herrerasaurus, Staurikosaurus, Eoraptor, and other very early dinosaurs). Saltopus is only known from fragmentary remains and its classification is uncertain; it may have been a lagosuchid (primitive reptiles that led to the dinosaurs) or an ornithosuchian (not dinosaurs, but closely-related archosauromorphs).

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