|Unrecognized taxon ():||Aardonyx|
| Aardonyx celestae|
Yates et al., 2010 (type)
Aardonyx celestae is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur. It was found in South Africa, but might be recreated.
It is nicknamed "Celeste's Earth Claw" by Devonshire and Shire scientists.
Afrikaans aard, "earth" + Greek onux, "nail, claw".
Fossils were provided by Celeste Yates, hence its species name.
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The genus is known from disarticulated bones belonging to two immature individuals. The material consists of cranial elements, vertebrae, dorsal and cervical ribs, gastralia, chevrons, elements of the pectoral and pelvic girdles, and bones of the fore and hind limbs, manus, and pes. The presence of these bones in a single dense accumulation in a localized channel fill suggests that they came from relatively complete carcasses. Both individuals are thought to have been less than 10 years old at the time of their death because of the lack of peripheral rest lines in the cortices of sampled bones. Additional evidence for immaturity at the time of death includes calcified cartilage at the articular end of the scapula .
It is a browser, feeding on vegetation.
Its fossils were found in South Africa, thought its habitat is unknown since it just now being recreated in labs.
- ^ Yates, A. M.; Bonnan, M. F.; Neveling, J.; Chinsamy, A.; Blackbeard, M. G. (2009). "Electronic supplementary material to "A new transitional sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of South Africa and the evolution of sauropod feeding and quadrupedalism"". Proceedings of the Royal Society B Forthcoming. http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/11/09/rspb.2009.1440/suppl/DC1
- ^ Yates, A. M.; Bonnan, M. F.; Neveling, J.; Chinsamy, A.; Blackbeard, M. G. (2010). "A new transitional sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of South Africa and the evolution of sauropod feeding and quadrupedalism". Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277 (1682): 787–794. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.1440. PMID 19906674.
- Western Illinois University: Earth Claw
- Fleshed-out restoration of an Aardonyx celestae. by paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi
- Dr. Bonnan's blog, Jurassic Journeys, where Aardonyx is discussed.
- Dracovenator, Dr. Adam Yates's blog site where Aardonyx is discussed.
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