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Massospondylus

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Pronounced
mass-oh-SPON-di-luss
Meaning of name
massive vertebrae
Length
  4m
Height
  1.5m - 2m
Weight
70kg
Teeth
rounded front teeth, flat back teeth
Diet
omnivorous
Food
tough plant material
How it moved
on 2 or 4 legs
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, Massospondylus
Named by
Owen (1854)
Type species
carinatus