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Vulcanodon

Vulcanodon, meaning “volcano tooth,” is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. Its name is derived from the first fossils found with a tooth sandwiched between volcanic lava flows. The type species, V. karibaensis, was described by Michael A Raath of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 1972.

Vulcanodon was originally believed to be a prosauropod because of the knife shaped teeth found near its fossils, fitting the idea that prosauropods were omnivores, but scientists now know that the teeth belonged to an unidentified theropod that scavenged on the Vulcanodon’s carcass.

Vulcanodon was about 20 feet long and it was herbivorous. It lived in southern Africa.

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