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Massospondylus
2012-03-21 18:26:56

Massospondylus, meaning “longer vertebrae,” is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Hettangian to Pliensbachian ages of the Early Jurassic Period (200 to 183 million years ago). Massospondylus was discovered in 1853 by J.M. Orpen in the Upper Elliott Formation at Harrismith, South Africa. It was described in 1854 by Sir Richard Owen. It is one of the first dinosaurs to have been named....

Plateosaurus
2012-03-20 21:37:17

Plateosaurus, meaning “Broadway lizard,” is a genus of plateosaurid dinosaur from the Late Triassic Period (216 to 199 million years ago), which lived in what is now Central and Northern Europe. It is a primitive sauropodomorph dinosaur. There are two recognized species: the type species P. engelhardti from the late Norian and Rhaetian stages, and the slightly earlier P. gracilis from the...

Yunnanosaurus
2011-04-11 15:10:03

Yunnanosaurus, meaning "Yunnan lizard," is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early to Mid Jurassic Period. This was perhaps one of the last living prosauropods of the time. It was discovered by Yang Zhongjian in the Lufeng Formation of Yunnan, China. The find consisted of twenty incomplete skeletons, including two skulls, and were excavated by Tsun Yi Wang. The type species, Y...

Unaysaurus
2011-01-03 17:21:11

Unaysaurus, meaning "black water lizard," is a genus of sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Carnian to Norian ages of the Late Triassic Period (225 to 200 million years ago). It was discovered in southern Brazil, which at that time was connected to northwest Africa. During the reign of Unaysaurus, the world was united as the supercontinent Pangaea, which was just starting to break up into the...

Jingshanosaurus
2010-07-27 12:56:00

Jingshanosaurus, meaning "Jingshan lizard", is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. A nearly complete skeleton, including the skull, was found near the town of Jingshan, Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China. The name from which this dinosaur derives, Jingshan, means "Golden Hill". Jingshanosaurus was first described in 1995. The type species, J. xinwaensis, was...

Adeopapposaurus
2010-02-16 15:53:35

Adeopapposaurus, meaning "far eating lizard", is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. It was found in the Cañón del Colorado Formation of San Juan, Argentina. It was described in 2009 by Ricardo N. Martínez. The type species, A. mognai, is named for the location where it was found. Adeopapposaurus is known from four partial skeletons and two partial...

Riojasaurus
2010-02-04 12:06:05

Riojasaurus, meaning "Rioja lizard", is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic Period. It lived in what is now South America. The initial discovery lacked a skull, but a later discovery of another specimen had a well-preserved skull. The holotype was found by José Bonaparte in the La Rioja Province of Argentina. This herbivore was about 33 feet long at adulthood. It had a...

Lufengosauru
2010-02-02 15:44:27

Lufengosaurus, meaning "Lufeng lizard", is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Early and Middle Jurassic Period of what is now southwestern China. It was named by C. C. Young in 1941. The type species, L. huenei, was discovered in the Lower Lufeng Formation of the Yunnan Province in China. Young described and named a second species a few years later. This is one of the few prosauropod...

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