Massospondylus

Massospondylus

Pronunciation:
mass-oh-SPON-di-luss
Name meaning:
'massive vertebrae'
Massospondylus
sauropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
sauropod
Length:
4.0m
Weight:
70kg
Diet:
omnivorous omnivorous food icon
When it lived:
Early Jurassic, 208-204 million years ago
Found in:
Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Prosauropoda, Plateosauria, Plateosauridae
Named by:
Owen (1854)
Type species:
carinatus

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