Eoraptor lunensis, “Dawn Plunderer”


Type: Theropod, meat eater
Age: 228 Million years old
Length: 3 feet
Discovery Site: Ishigualasto badlands of Argentina


Eoraptor means “dawn thief.” It was found by Ricardo Martinez in 1991; in the Ischigualasto Badlands of Argentina. This area was a river valley during the late Triassic period but is a desert. Eoraptor was found near the same site from which Herrerasaurus, another very early theropod, was found. Eoraptor was named by Paul Sereno in 1993.