|“||Meet Euparkeria, a tiny insect eater.||„|
|— Allen, about Euparkeria|
Euparkeria ("Park's Good Animal"), named in honor of W.K. Parker, was a small African bipedal insect eating reptile of the early Triassic period that was taxonomically a close relative to the ancestry of the archosaurs and the dinosaurs. They were smaller than cats, and yet tenacious little predators.
Euparkeria lived during the Early Triassic Period 250-230 million years ago.
Euparkeria was one of the smaller reptiles of its time, with the adults reaching the size of a large lizard (55 cm or 22 in). Euparkeria may not have been or even looked much of a threat to the larger, more dominant animals of the Early Triassic, but the key to their success was in their hips.
Like modern-day frilled lizards, the way Euparkeria's thigh was attached allowed them to run on two legs, freeing their hands. This kind of agility had never been seen in reptiles and gave Euparkeria an edge. During their time, they laid the foundation for a new group of reptiles: the Dinosaurs. Giants such as Tyrannosaurus and Diplodocus could all trace their family tree back to these little insect hunters in the Triassic forests.