Coelophysis Bauri from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Arizona Natural History Museum.
Coelophysis is an extinct genus of coelophysid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 216 to 203 million years ago during the latter part of the Triassic Period in what is now the southwestern United States. Coelophysis was a small, slenderly-built, ground-dwelling, bipedal carnivore, that could grow up to 9.8 ft long. It is one of the earliest known genera of dinosaur. Scattered material representing similar animals to Coelophysis were found worldwide in some Late Triassic and Early Jurassic formations. The type species C. bauri, originally given to the genus Coelurus in 1887. This primitive theropod is notable for being one of the most specimen-rich dinosaur genera. C. bauri was a lightly built dinosaur which measured up to 9.8 ft in length and which was more than a meter tall at the hips.
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