Massospondylus was a herbivore. It lived in the Jurassic period and inhabited Africa. Its fossils have been found in places such as Lesotho, Central District (Botswana) and Matabeleland North (Zimbabwe).

Quick facts about Massospondylus:

  • Existed from 228 million years ago to Lower Jurassic Epoch
  • Lived in a terrestrial habitat
  • Had a body mass of approximately 136.7 kg
  • 42 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

All the Massospondylus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Massospondylus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • A. O. Thompson. 1975. The Karoo rocks in the Mazinga area, Beitbridge District. Rhodesia Geological Survey Short Report 40:1-79
  • J. W. Kitching and M. A. Raath. 1984. Fossils from the Elliot and Clarens Formations (Karoo Sequence) of the northeastern Cape, Orange Free State and Lesotho, and a suggested biozonation based on tetrapods. Palaeontologia Africana 25:111-125
  • M. A. Raath. 1974. Fossil vertebrate studies in Rhodesia: Further evidence of gastroliths in prosauropod dinosaurs. Arnoldia 7(5):1-7