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Coelophysis

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by TFarlett
Last updated 1 year ago

Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
Prehistory
Grade:
3

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Description:Coelophysis means "hollow-form" because its body was so light like a birds. It was a small dinosaur that lived during the triassic period. Coelophysis was small; it only stood about 3 feet tall. What makes coelophysis so special is that is was one of the first true dinosaurs! Coelophysis had strong legs for fast running and a long, thin tale. It probably lived in river floodplains and used its big eyes for hunting.

FeedingCoelophysis had sharp, pointed teeth that is characteristic of meat-eaters. Paleontologists believe that coelophysis probably had a diet of small alligators, insects, and other small creatures. Because coelophysis had such big eyes to see their prey, they were probably good hunters.

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Coelophysis

Video About CoelophysisThis video is a clip from the BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs. It tells a little about coelophysis and dinosaurs in general. There are other clips about coelophysis through the series, but this one was the most comprehensive.

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About Coelophysis:Name: CoelophysisPronunciation: SEE-low-FY-sisMeaning: Hollow form (of its bones)Animal Type: DinosaurDietary Type: Carnivore - meat and fish eatingSize: Between 0.8 - 3.1 metres long, just under 1 metre high at the hipWeight: Up to 35-40 kgMajor Fossil Finds: Ghost Ranch - New Mexico, Petrified Forest Arizona.

Discovery at Ghost RanchIn the 1940s, paleontologists discovered something called a bonebed at the Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. A bonebed is where many fossils are found in one site. Scientists found so many skeletons that they were able to learn a lot about coelophysis!

Physiology

Triassic Era


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