Saltopus: A Tiny, but Dangerous Dino!

Saltopus Basics

The Saltopus is a very unknown dinosaur. There is barely any information available on it, except what is known from a single partial skeleton that is lacking its skull. It was estimated to be about the size of a domestic cat (30 – 40 in), and approximately 2 or 3 pounds (1 kilogram) in weight.

It was originally discovered by William Taylor in 1910, and described by Friedrich von Huene. Its name means “Hopping Foot,” and could be referring to its small stature, and it may have had to “hop” to see above medium to tall grasses.

Quick Facts

Saltopus Drawing

History Of Saltopus

As mentioned in the intro, the Saltopus is only known from a partial skeleton. It was excavated from the Lossiemouth Sandstone Formation dating back to the Carnian-Norian stage.

The Saltopus was a possible relative of the Herrerasaurus, but according to researcher Gregory Paul, they suggested that it may be a juvenile specimen of another theropod suck as Procompsognathus or Coelophysis. However, it’s in dispute due to only fragmentary remains being recovered.

That is all that is known about the Saltopus. If more information is discovered about them, we will update this post. If you know anything else that we can add to this post, let us know!

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