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ORDER SAURISCHIA

Dinosaurs in this group had lizard-like pelvises and clawed feet. The order is divided into two sub-orders:

Theropoda Theropods were carnivores (meat-eaters) that walked on two legs. Many were fearsome hunters. Examples include Tyrannosaurus rex (Tyrant Lizard King), Velociraptor (Swift robber), Allosaurus (Different Lizard), Ozraptor (Oz Thief) and Australovenator (Southern Hunter)

Manus (claws on the hand) of Australovenator wintonensis Manus (claws on the hand) of Australovenator wintonensis showing lateral (outside) (A), medial (inside) (B), and proximal (close to body) (C) views. The ‘killing claw’ of Banjo was approximately 30 cm long when fully sheathed in cuticle. The claw would have been a primary weapon.

Image: Hocknull et al. 2009, New Mid-Cretaceous (Latest Albian) Dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia.
PLoS ONE www.plosone.org. Creative Commons licence BY-NC-ND.

Sauropodomorpha Sauropods were herbivores (plant-eaters) that walked on four legs. They had long necks and small heads. Some were titanosaurs, the largest animals ever to walk the Earth. Examples include Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus, Austrosaurus, Wintonotitan (‘Clancy’),and Diamantinasaurus (‘Matilda’).

Elliot the sauropod. Scientists believe that it is a type of titanosaur known as Austrosaurus Elliot the sauropod. Scientists believe that it is a type of titanosaur known as Austrosaurus.
Artist: Laurie Beirne, © Queensland Museum.