Plateosauridae

Belongs within: Sauropodomorpha. Give Plateosaurus its due Published 22 January 2022 You could make a fascinating study (and many have) just looking at the history of which dinosaurs have held the foreground of popular culture when. The Iguanodon and Megalosaurus of the late 1800s, the Trachodon and Palaeoscincus of the earlier 1900s, the stratospheric rise… Continue reading Plateosauridae

Sauropodomorpha

Belongs within: Dinosauria.Contains: Plateosauridae, Massopoda. The Sauropodomorpha are a clade of often large herbivorous dinosaurs, the best-known members of which are the gigantic sauropods. Non-sauropod sauropodomorphs are commonly referred to as ‘prosauropods’ though the majority of analyses have not recognised them as a monophyletic clade. The earliest sauropodomorphs, such as Saturnalia tupiniquim and Panphagia protos,… Continue reading Sauropodomorpha

Eusauropoda

Belongs within: Sauropoda.Contains: Neosauropoda. The Eusauropoda is a clade of sauropods that has been defined as the smallest clade containing Shunosaurus and Saltasaurus; it contains almost all sauropods known from the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous (Upchurch et al. 2004). Basal members of the clade include Cetiosaurus from the Middle Jurassic of Europe, which was the… Continue reading Eusauropoda

Camarasauromorpha

Belongs within: Neosauropoda.Contains: Titanosauria. The Camarasauromorpha are a clade of sauropod dinosaurs that have been defined as the smallest clade containing Camarasaurus and Saltasaurus (Upchurch et al. 2004). Camarasaurus is the most common sauropod in the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation of North America; it possessed an arched skull and blunt snout. Characters (from Upchurch et… Continue reading Camarasauromorpha

Eutitanosauria

Belongs within: Lithostrotia. The Eutitanosauria are a clade of titanosaurian sauropods defined by the inclusion of Argyrosaurus, Lirainosaurus and Saltasaurus, together with the “Peirópolis titanosaur” (Wilson & Upchurch 2003). Eutitanosauria | i. s.: Argyrosaurus Lydekker 1893WU03 | `–A. superbus Lydekker 1893UBD04 |–Lirainosaurus Sanz, Powell et al. 1999UBD04 | `–L. astibiae Sanz, Powell et al. 1999UBD04… Continue reading Eutitanosauria

Titanosauria

Belongs within: Camarasauromorpha.Contains: Lithostrotia. The Titanosauria are a clade of sauropods that has been defined as all taxa closer to Saltasaurus than Brachiosaurus. Members of this clade are characterised by a prominent caudolateral expansion of the caudal end of the sternal plate, and an extremely robust radius and ulna with the radius proximal width at… Continue reading Titanosauria

Neosauropoda

Belongs within: Eusauropoda.Contains: Camarasauromorpha. The Neosauropoda is defined as the most exclusive clade containing Diplodocus and Saltasaurus. This clade includes many of the most familiar sauropod genera. Its members are divided between two stem-defined clades: Diplodocoidea includes all taxa closer to Diplodocus than Saltasaurus, whereas Macronaria has the inverse definition (Upchurch et al. 2004). The… Continue reading Neosauropoda

Sauropoda

Belongs within: Massopoda.Contains: Eusauropoda. The Sauropoda were a group of mostly very large, herbivorous dinosaurs that include the largest terrestrial animals known to have existed. They appear in the fossil record during the Upper Triassic, with the South African Antetonitrus ingenipes being the earliest known species (Yates & Kitching 2003). Other Triassic sauropods include Blikanasaurus… Continue reading Sauropoda

Massopoda

Belongs within: Sauropodomorpha.Contains: Sauropoda. The Anchisauria is a clade of prosauropods defined by Galton & Upchurch (2004) as the smallest clade including Anchisaurus and Melanorosaurus. The anchisaurs: near-lizards or near-sauropods? Published 15 October 2012 The ‘prosauropods’ are one group of dinosaurs that seemingly don’t get no respect. While most other groups have their swarms of… Continue reading Massopoda