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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  Infraorder Herrerasauria
  Family Staurikosauridae
  Genus Staurikosaurus
Staurikosaurus is one the earliest known dinosaurs. It was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in the Triassic period about 225 million years ago. Its fossils have been found in Brazil.

Staurikosaurus was about 6½ feet (2 meters) in length, stood about 2½ feet (80 centimeters) tall at the hips. It weighed about 66 pounds (30 kilograms).


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Staurikosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 225 million years ago

Staurikosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 225 million years ago

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Staurikosaurus Facts

Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Staurikosaurus:
  1. Staurikosaurus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Staurikosaurus" means "lizard of the Southern Cross"

  3. Staurikosaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Staurikosaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Staurikosaurus was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Staurikosaurus was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Staurikosaurus lived about 225 million years ago, during the Triassic period.

  6. Staurikosaurus lived in South America.

  7. Staurikosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  8. Staurikosaurus was about 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) long, and about 3½ feet (1 meter) tall at the hips.

  9. Staurikosaurus weighed about 460 to 770 pounds (210 to 350 kilograms).

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