World of Dinosaurs/Coelophysis

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Basics[edit | edit source]

Coelophysis means "Hollow Form".

Coelophysis lived during the Triassic Period.

Anatomy[edit | edit source]

  • Long slender skull
  • Stands on elongated toes
  • reduction in number of digits
  • Upright stance on rear legs
  • long neck and tail

Phylogeny[edit | edit source]

Coelophysis is a theropod.

All theropods are dinosaurs.

All dinosaurs are amniotes and all dinosaurs are tetrapods.

Biomechanics[edit | edit source]

Coelophysis jaws act much like a lever, making it more suited for a slashing motion.

Fossil Record[edit | edit source]

Coelophysis are mainly found in New Mexico.

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Coelophysis lived in an environment with fish, based on remains found in fossilized stomachs.

Grasses and flowers had not evolved yet.

Biogeography[edit | edit source]

Coelophysis most likely lived in a dry, desert-like environment.