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Prosauropod Dinosaurs

Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Sauropodomorpha
  Infraorder Prosauropoda
The Prosauropoda dinosaurs were a infraorder of the the Saurischian dinosaurs. Together with the Sauropods, they form the Sauropodomorpha suborder of Saurischia. Some of the better-known Prosauropod dinosaurs include Massospondylus and Plateosaurus

Prosauropods first appeared during the later part of Triassic period, remained successful into the early Jurassic period, but became extinct by the middle Jurassic. This infraorder was once thought to be ancestral to Sauropods (hence the name "Prosauropoda", which means "before Sauropoda"), but today they are considered to be a parallel sister-lineage.

Dinosaur Classification

Prosauropods were herbivores (plant-eaters). They had a long neck and small head. Their forelimbs were equipped with a thumb claw (probably used for defense), and were shorter than their hind limbs. Most species were semi-bipedal (able to talk on two legs at least some of the time), but some Prosauropods like Riojasaurus were fully quadrupedal (walking on four legs).

dinosaur picture plateosaurus

Prosauropod Timeline:

Prosauropods first appeared during the Triassic period and survived until the early Jurassic period

Prosauropods first appeared during the Triassic period and survived until the early Jurassic period

Types of Prosauropod Dinosaur

Here is a list of some Prosauropod dinosaurs:







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