Name: Pulanesaura eocollum
Meaning: Pulanesaura is a combination of Sesotho and Latin meaning "rain-maker lizard", while eocollum means "dawn neck" in honor of the dinosaur's place as one of the earliest sauropods.
Age: Early Jurassic, around 191 to 183 million years ago.
Where in the world?: South Africa
What sort of critter?: One of the earliest sauropod dinosaurs.
Size: Estimated at about 26 feet long.
How much of the creature’s body is known?: Teeth ribs, vertebrae, part of the hips, and elements of the limbs from at least two individuals.
Claim to fame:
When 20th century paleontologists sifted through the fossil record for exceptional, finely-graded examples of evolutionary change, they didn't look to dinosaurs. The saurians had ...