Temporal range: Upper Triassic – Upper Cretaceous (non-avian)
|Specimen of the troodontid Jinfengopteryx elegans, with seeds preserved in the stomach region (not easy to see here)|
Proto-theropods[change | change source]
Theropods first appear in the earliest part of the Upper Triassic about 230 million years ago. They were the sole large terrestrial carnivores from the Lower Jurassic until the close of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago.
The earliest and most primitive of the theropod dinosaurs were:
- the carnivorous Eodromaeus
- the herrerasaurids of Argentina. They had a mosaic of primitive and advanced features.
- the omnivorous Eoraptor
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References[change | change source]
- Zanno L.E; Gillette D.D; Albright L.B. and Titus A.L. 2009. A new North American therizinosaurid and the role of herbivory in 'predatory' dinosaur evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print July 15, 2009, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1029.