Essay on The Massospondylus Carinatus Fossils

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The Massospondylus carinatus Fossils, lived in the early Jurassic period (Hettangian to Pliensbachian ages, ca. 200–183 million years ago). The fossils of this dinosaur have been found all over Africa, in Arizona and the United State.
1.1) How the first fossils was found
A collection of 56 bones were found by the government surveyor Joseph Millard Orpen in 1853 in the Free State, in Harrismith South Africa. The bones were later donated to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London . The bones that were found were vertebrae from the neck, back, and tail; a shoulder blade; a humerus; a partial pelvis; a femur; a tibia; and bones of the hands and feet. The first Massospondylus were described by paleontologist Sir
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The Massospondylus carinatus Fossils, lived in the early Jurassic period (Hettangian to Pliensbachian ages, ca. 200–183 million years ago). The fossils of this dinosaur have been found all over Africa, in Arizona and the United State.
1.1) How the first fossils was found
A collection of 56 bones were found by the government surveyor Joseph Millard Orpen in 1853 in the Free State, in Harrismith South Africa. The bones were later donated to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London . The bones that were found were vertebrae from the neck, back, and tail; a shoulder blade; a humerus; a partial pelvis; a femur; a tibia; and bones of the hands and feet. The first Massospondylus were described by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen in 1854. Even though at first he didn’t not recognize the bones to be of a dinosaur and thought they were of large, extinct, carnivorous reptiles that were related to today's lizards, chameleons and iguanas.

1.2 ) Dating and naming of the fossils The fossil was named Massospondylus (massōn, "longer") (spondylos, "vertebra") this name comes from the Greek. In 1854 by Sir Richard Owens
1.3) Description of main fossil/s found at the site
Massopondylus carinatus, was a medium sized herbivore, had a small head and large eye sockets . large teeth and nostrils, its upper jaw jutted out beyond its bottom jaw and had a variety of tooth types. Scientists are not sure whether this animal was a herbivore or carnivore, but

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