Genus: Syntarsus RAATH, 1969
Etymology: Greek syn. ‘With, together’ and Greek tarsos “tarsus”, for the coossified construction of its’ tarsal foot bones.
Note: Megapnosaurus IVIE, SLIPINSKI & WEGRZYNOWICZ, 2001 was given for the preoccupied name Syntarsus. This is very controversial and may not have been done within the rules of the ICZN. Until a final decision is given, Syntarsus will be used.
Etymology: Greek, megas, ‘big’, Greek, apnoos, ‘dead’, and Greek, sauros, ‘lizard’: Big dead lizard, this moniker seems highly appropriate for this animal.

Species: rhodesiensis RAATH, 1969
Etymology: For the country of Rhodesia, Old name for Zimbabwe.

Holotype: Queen Victoria Museum QG 1

Locality: Found on a small stream, the Kwengula River, on Southcote Farm, which lies 20 miles N. W. Bulawayo, 19'58"S, 28'35"N, Nyamandhlovu district, Zimbabwe.

Horizon: Forest Sandstone.


Age: ?Hettangian-Sinemurian Stage, Lower-Middle Lias Epoch, Early Jurassic.

Material: Skull, dentary, axis-atlas complex, vertebral arches and centra, scapula and coracoid, and bones of the ankle are all fully fused, gastralia basket.
Note: Palaeopathology, healed fractures have been noted in the tibia, metatarsus (MOLNAR, 2001)