Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867
Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867
Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867
Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867
Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867
Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867
Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867

Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica SAM-PK-5867

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Euparkeria Archosaur skull cast replica

Euparkeria (/jˌpɑːrkəˈrə/; meaning "Parker's good animal", named in honor of W.K. Parker) is an extinct genus of archosauriform from the Middle Triassic of South Africa. It was a small reptile that was close to the ancestry of Archosauria, the group that includes dinosaurspterosaurs, and modern birds and crocodilians.

Euparkeria had hind limbs that were slightly longer than its forelimbs, which has been taken as evidence that it may have been able to rear up on its hind legs as a facultative biped. Although Euparkeria is close to the ancestry of fully bipedal archosaurs such as early dinosaurs, it probably developed bipedalism independently. Euparkeria was not as well adapted to bipedal locomotion as dinosaurs and its normal movement was probably more analogous to a crocodilian high walk.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Family: Euparkeriidae
Genus: Euparkeria
Broom, 1913

 

Clean, crisp fossil cast skull of the early Archosaur, Euparkeria. Final photo is a stock image from internet to give a fleshed out image of the creature.