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2014-04-22 14:52:09

Edwin Harris Colbert (September 28, 1905 – November 15, 2001), known as “Ned” to his friends and colleagues, was a distinguished American Paleontologist. He helped popularize the study of dinosaurs through his prolific research, writings, and 40 years of work as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Colbert was born in Clarinda, Iowa, but moved to Maryville,...

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...

2011-04-11 17:12:27

Segisaurus, meaning "Segi canyon lizard," is a genus of coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period (183 million years ago). It was discovered by a Navajo Indian -- Max Littlesalt -- in 1933 in Tsegi Canyon, Arizona, for which it was named. Segisaurus is the only dinosaur ever to be excavated from that area. Although it was described in 1936 by paleontologist Charles Lewis...

Zupaysaurus
2011-04-11 16:45:55

Zupaysaurus, meaning "devil lizard," is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Rhaetian stage of the Late Triassic, and possible the Hettangian stage of the Early Jurassic Period of what is now Argentina. It was discovered in the Los Colorados Formation of La Rioja province in Argentina. The formation is normally assigned to the Norian stage (216-203), but has also been assigned to the slightly...

Staurikosaurus
2011-02-25 17:38:22

Staurikosaurus, meaning "Southern Cross lizard," is a genus of dinosaur from the Carnian age of the Late Triassic Period (225 million years ago). The first known specimen was recovered from the paleontological site Jazigo Cinco of the Santa Maria Formation, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The genus name refers to the star constellation, "The Southern Cross," pictured in the coat of arms of...

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...

Thecodontosaurus
2010-10-07 11:23:25

Thecodontosaurus, meaning "socket-tooth lizard," is a genus of sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Norian or Rhaetian age of the Late Triassic Period. Known mainly from "fissure fillings" found in South England and Wales, the original remains were destroyed by the Germans during World War II bombings. However, more fossils have been found at a number of different sites. Some of the new...

Tawa
2010-09-16 16:33:50

Tawa, named after the Hopi word for the Puebloan sun god, is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic Period (215-213 million years ago). A partial skeleton was discovered in 2004 and two nearly complete skeletons were excavated in 2006 from the Hayden Quarry at ghost Ranch in New Mexico, in the Chinle Formation. Tawa's discovery is significant and suggests that the earliest...

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...

Melanorosaurus
2010-02-02 16:01:17

Melanorosaurus, meaning "Black Mountain Lizard", is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic Period. It was discovered in the Elliot Formation on the northern slope of Thaba 'Nyama (Black Mountain) in Transkei, South Africa. The type species, M. readi, was described in 1924. The first complete skull was not described until 2007. One other species is known, M. thabanensis. This...

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