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Re: earliest herbivore
Another part of my original question asked whether the Dilophosaurs who
squelched through Rocky Hill, Connecticut might in fact have been on their way
to the attractions of New Jersey.
Some prior answers speculated that what they wanted most in Connecticut was
the fastest way out of town, but these were based on post-Jurassic personal
On earliest herbivore, if the Connecticut dinosaurs were not the first, any
chance they could be the first radiation? Hoping Norman's radiation idea has
not badly decayed (sorry):
In fact they (prosauropods) seem to represent the first major evolutionary
radiation among the dinosaurs...to exploit plant food. During the Permian and
Triassic Period the archosaurs were, with very few exceptions, exclusively
The vast majority of all prosauropods known to date fall into this family
(Anchisaurid) which derives its name from Anchisaurus...from early Jurassic
rocks of the Connecticut Valley...
The Dinosaur Dictionary (Galt) said Anchisaurs were Upper Triassic, and:
'The blunt teeth indicate that its diet was more herbivorous than
Mr. Conrad's posting (9/15) indicates his curiosity about how omnivorous all
these early plant eaters might have been.
Where does omnivore end and herbivore begin?