A complete skeleton of a Late Triassic saurischian and the early evolution of dinosaurs.

@article{Nesbitt2009ACS,
  title={A complete skeleton of a Late Triassic saurischian and the early evolution of dinosaurs.},
  author={Sterling J. Nesbitt and Nathan Smith and Randall B. Irmis and Alan H Turner and Alex Downs and Mark A. Norell},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={326 5959},
  pages={
          1530-3
        }
}
Characterizing the evolutionary history of early dinosaurs is central to understanding their rise and diversification in the Late Triassic. However, fossils from basal lineages are rare. A new theropod dinosaur from New Mexico is a representative of the early North American diversification. Known from several nearly complete skeletons, it reveals a mosaic of plesiomorphic and derived features that clarify early saurischian dinosaur evolution and provide evidence for the antiquity of novel avian… CONTINUE READING

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