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Any of various saurischian dinosaurs of the group Prosauropoda of the Triassic and Jurassic Periods, having a small head, long neck and tail, serrated teeth, and large thumb claw, and including plateosaurus.

[New Latin Prōsauropoda, group name : Greek pro-, before; see pro-2 + New Latin Sauropoda, group name; see sauropod.]

pro′saur′o·pod′ adj.


(Palaeontology) a herbivorous dinosaur of the Triassic and early Jurassic periods
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1904 DISCOVERY * Anchisauripus (Anchisaurus foot) was first described by Richard Swann Lull in 1904 as the probable track of the prosauropod dinosaur Anchisaurus (near reptile).
The 190-million-year-old nesting site of the prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus reveals significant clues about the evolution of complex reproductive behaviour in early dinosaurs.
The preservation of the embryos was so detailed that the team was able to identify the egg-layer with confidence: the prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus.