Temporal range: Norian
Late Triassic
Velocipes guerichi fibula.jpg
Fibula of the holotype.
Scientific classification

Huene, 1932
  • V. guerichi Huene, 1932 (type)

Velocipes (meaning "quick foot") is a possible theropod dinosaur genus from the Late Triassic. Its fossils were found in the Norian-age Lissauer Breccia, now in southern Poland.


The type species, V. guerichi, was first described by Huene in 1932, based on the proximal portion of a fibula found in the Lissauer Breccia of southern Poland.[1] A later paper, published in 2000 by Rauhut and Hungerbuhler, claimed that the only specimen of this animal was not well preserved enough to be confidently identified as part of a fibula, and classified the genus as an "indeterminate vertebrate".[2] However, an SVP abstract reviewing putative dinosauriform remains from the Triassic of southern Poland confirmed the original theropod classification of Velocipes by von Huene, which was elaborated in detail in a 2016 paper.[3][4]


  1. ^ Huene, F. von. (1932). Die fossile Reptil-Ordnung Saurischia, ihre Entwicklung und Geschichte. Monogr. Geol. Pal. 4 (1) pts. 1 and 2, viii + 361 pp.
  2. ^ Rauhut, O. W., and Hungerbühler, A. (2000). "A review of European Triassic theropods." Gaia, 15: 75-88.
  3. ^ Czepinski et al., 2014. A Re-evaluation of the Purported Dinosaur Finds From The Middle-Late Triassic Of Poland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34 (Supplement to volume 5): 115A.
  4. ^ Tomasz Skawiński, Maciej Ziegler, Łukasz Czepiński, Marcin Szermański, Mateusz Tałanda, Dawid Surmik & Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki, 2016. A re-evaluation of the historical 'dinosaur' remains from the Middle-Upper Triassic of Poland. Historical Biology (advance online publication) DOI:10.1080/08912963.2016.1188385
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