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Trackmaker of the Kayentapus footprint


Diet : Carnivorous

Habitat : River banks

Length : 10-11.5 feet (3.0-3.5 meters)

Weight : About 155-310 lb (70-140 kg)

The name Kayentapus origin from the Kayenta Formation, which occurs also in Moab area and comprises Kayentapus tracks. Kayentapus represents relatively large (footprint length about 14 inches, 35 cm) tridactyl tracks of a bipedal theropod originally described by S. Welles in 1971 and more recently, in 2011, re-described by M. Lockley, G. Gierliński and S. Lucas. These theropod tracks with widely divaricated toes fit to the foot of Dilophosaurus wetherilli, discovered near Tuba City in Arizona. The tracks are known worldwide mainly from the Early Jurassic deposits. High diversity of Kayentapus tracks in the World may suggest that tracks were probably made by animals closely related to Dilophosaurus wetherilli.

Dilophosaurus is very similar genus to Sarcosaurus. The name of latter meaning “flesh lizard” and was an early carnivorous theropod from Early Jurassic of England. This dinosaur pretends as adequate trackmaker of European Kayentapus tracks. It belongs to the superfamily Coelophysoidea which includes small-to-large meat-eaters some of which had crests on their heads.


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