New information on the palate and lower jaw of Massospondylus (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha)

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dc.contributor.author Barrett, Paul M.
dc.contributor.author Yates, Adam M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-15T23:23:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-15T23:23:58Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.issn 0078-8554
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/15996
dc.description.abstract Additional anatomical details of the palate and lower jaw of the prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus Owen are documented on the basis of a previously undescribed skull from the upper Elliot Formation. The palate is generally similar to that of other early sauropodomorphs, but can be shown to differ from those of Plateosaurus, Lufengosaurus and Thecodontosaurus in several respects. For example, Massospondylus lacks the well-developed palatine boss seen in Plateosaurus and the pneumatic recess that is present on the ectopterygoid of Thecodontosaurus. In addition, Massospondylus possesses an expanded medioventral premaxillary process that is much larger than that of any other basal sauropodomorph. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Royal Society of London and the Palaeontological Research Fund of the Natural History Museum en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher BERNARD PRICE INSTITUTE FOR PALAEONTOLOGICAL RESEARCH en_ZA
dc.title New information on the palate and lower jaw of Massospondylus (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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