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Massospondylus browni Seeley 1892 (prosauropod)

Reptilia - Saurischia

PaleoDB taxon number: 56660

Alternative combination: Thecodontosaurus browni

Full reference: H. G. Seeley. 1892. Contribution to a knowledge of the Saurischia of Europe and Africa. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 48:188-191

Belongs to Prosauropoda according to P. M. Galton and P. Upchurch 2004

Sister taxa: Aetonyx, Aetonyx palustris, Agrosaurus, Anchisauridae, Aristosaurus, Aristosaurus erectus, Barrancapus, Dimodosaurus, Dromicosaurus, Dromicosaurus gracilis, Euskelesauridae, Euskelosaurus africanus, Fulengia, Gigantoscelus, Gresslyosaurus, Gresslyosaurus ingens, Gryponyx, Gryponyx africanus, Gryponyx taylori, Gryponyx transvaalensis, Gyposaurus capensis, Hortalotarsus, Hortalotarsus skirtopodus, Leptospondylus, Massospondylus harriesi, Massospondylus schwarzi, Mussauridae, Orinosaurus, Orinosaurus capensis, Otozoidae, Pachysauriscus, Pachysaurops, Pachysaurus, Pachyspondylus, Pengxianpus, Plateosauravidae, Plateosaurus stormbergensis, Pseudotetrasauropus, Pseudotetrasauropus acutunguis, Pseudotetrasauropus curtus, Pseudotetrasauropus elegans, Pseudotetrasauropus francisci, Saurischichnus, Tawasaurus, Teratosaurus trossingensis, Tetrasauropus, Thecodontosaurus dubius, Thecodontosaurus minor, Yimenosaurus, Yunnanosauridae, Zanclodon bavaricus

Type specimen: BMNH R.3302. Its type locality is Telle River, Herschel, which is in a Hettangian/Sinemurian terrestrial horizon in the Elliot Formation of South Africa.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore