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COELOPHISIS

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Coelophisis

Meaning: Hollow Form

Period: 200 million years ago; late Triassic

Discovered: United States; Arizona, New Mexico

Length: Less than 9 feet

Diet: Meat eater

Speedily Successful

Designed to eat any animal smaller than itself, Coelophysis was a small but quick hunter. Its speed came from its hollow bones – similar to the bones of modern birds. It had more than 100 pointed, serrated, blade-like teeth and sharp claws. These adaptations helped it to hold and kill its food – just like a lion today.

Like lions, Coelophysis may have hunted in groups. This hunting style would have helped it to take larger prey.


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