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20 Mar 2012

The First Sauropod - Vulcanodon

Paleontologists have had an especially hard time identifying the first sauropod (the family of plant-eating dinosaurs typified by Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus); the problem is that the smaller, two-legged prosauropods weren't directly ancestral to their more famous cousins. For now, the best candidate for the earliest true sauropod is Vulcanodon, which lived in southern Africa about 200 million years ago and "only" weighed about four or five tons. (Tantalizingly, early Jurassic Africa was also home to the famous prosauropod Massospondylus.)

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