Unaysaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in South America
during Triassic period
about 225 million years ago.
Unaysaurus was a small biped. It was about 8 feet (2.5 meters) long, and only
about 2 to 3 feet tall (0.6 to 0.9 meters). The animal weighed around 155 pounds (70 kilograms).
The name of Unaysaurus means "black water lizard", and refers to the
region of Brazil where the creature was first
This region was Agua Negra, which means "black water" in tje
and which is known as "unay"
(also meaning "black water")
in the local Tupi native American language.
"Unaysaurus" means "black water lizard". "Black water" is reference to the region of Brazil where the creature was discovered - Agua Negra (which means "black water" in Portuguese), and is known as "unay" (also meaning "black water") in the Tupi native American language.
Unaysaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Unaysaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Unaysaurus was a Prosauropod - a member of a group of related early herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaurs which had long necks, small heads, shorter forelimbs than hind limbs, and a thumb claw.
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