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Adeopapposaurus
Fossil range: Early Jurassic
Adeopapposaurus BW
Scientific classification

Class:

Reptilia

Superorder:

Dinosauria

Order:

Saurischia

Suborder:

Sauropodomorpha

Infraorder:

Prosauropoda

Family:

Massospondylidae

Genus:

Adeopapposaurus
Martínez, 2009

Species:

  • A. mognai
    Martínez, 2009 (type)
Adeopapposaurus skull

Skull of Adeopapposaurus.

Adeopapposaurus (meaning "far eating lizard", in reference to its long neck) is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Cañón del Colorado Formation of San Juan, Argentina. It was similar to Massospondylus. Four partial skeletons with two partial skulls are known. The type specimen, PVSJ568, is based on a skull and most of a skeleton to just past the hips. The form of the bones at the tips of the upper and lower jaws suggests it had keratinous beaks. The fossils now named Adeopapposaurus were first thought to represent South American examples of Massospondylus; while this is no longer the case, Adeopapposaurus is classified as a massospondylid. Adeopapposaurus was described in 2009 by Ricardo N. Martínez. The type species is A. mognai, referring to the Mogna locality where it was found.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martínez, Ricardo N. (2009). "Adeopapposaurus mognai, gen. et sp. nov (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha), with comments on adaptations of basal sauropodomorpha". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (1): 142–164.


See alsoEdit

Plateosaurus skull

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