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Massospondylus
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An artist's rendering of a family of Massospondylus

Height: 1.6 meters
Length: 4-6 meters
Mass: approx. 1000 kg

Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Prosauropoda
Family: Massospondylidae

Etymology: Massive Vertebra
Historical period: Early Jurassic
Habitat: South Africa and US
Diet: Herbivorous

Massospondylus (Greek for 'Massive Vertebra') was a prosauropod that inhabited Southern Africa during the Early Jurassic period, measuring four to six meters in length and a ton in weight and named and described by Sir Richard Owen in 1854. Similarly to few other prosauropods, it too possessed a pair of thumb claws either used for defending itself or its young against predators or potentially as a feeding tool (perhaps it may even be used for both).

They swallowed pebbles to digest leaves and branches. It was a high browser, rearing up to its hind legs for its tree food.

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