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prosauropod

Line breaks: pro|sauro|pod
Pronunciation: /prəʊˈsɔːrəpɒd
 
, -ˈsaʊr-/

Definition of prosauropod in English:

noun

An elongated partly bipedal herbivorous dinosaur of the late Triassic and early Jurassic periods, related to the ancestors of sauropods.
Example sentences
  • Thus endothermy is very unlikely to have evolved in lineages in which the most recent species are predominantly large, such as prosauropods, sauropods, stegosaurs, nodosaurs, ankylosaurs, and ceratopsids.
  • However, they conclude that this is incorrect and that the prosauropods and sauropods diverged early from a common ancestor.
  • The closest relatives of the sauropods, a group of primitive dinosaurs known as prosauropods, extends back to the Late Triassic (about 220 million years ago) implying that the sauropods may also have had a history extending back as far.

Origin

1950s: from pro-2 'before in time' + sauropod.

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