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A small carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Coelophysis of the Triassic Period, having a long neck and tail and an elongated snout.

[New Latin Coelophysis, genus name : Greek koilos, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots + Greek phusis, form; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.coelophysis - one of the oldest known dinosaurscoelophysis - one of the oldest known dinosaurs; late Triassic; cannibalistic
genus Ceratosaurus - primitive saurischian carnivorous dinosaurs
ceratosaur, ceratosaurus - primitive medium-sized theropod; swift-running bipedal carnivorous dinosaur having grasping hands with sharp claws and a short horn between the nostrils; Jurassic in North America
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Also, Rogers notes, some paleontologists are questioning earlier claims of cannibalism among Coelophysis bauri, a theropod species for which dismembered remains of juveniles turned up seemingly within the rib cages of adults.
Only one other dinosaur, Coelophysis bauri, has been suspected of cannibalism but scientists lacked proof.