Theropoda (theropod /ˈθɛrəpɒd/; suborder name Theropoda /θˈrɒpdə/, frae Greek meanin "beast feet") is baith a suborder o bipedal saurischian dinosaurs, an a clade consistin o that suborder an its descendants (includin modren birds). Dinosaurs belangin tae the suborder Theropoda wur primarily carnivorous, altho a nummer o theropod groups evolved herbivory, omnivory, an insectivory. Theropods first appeared durin the Carnian age o the late Triassic period aboot 230 million years ago (Ma) an includit the sole muckle terrestrial carnivores frae the Early Jurassic till at least the close o the Cretaceous, aboot 66 Ma. In the Jurassic, birds evolved frae smaa specialized coelurosaurian theropods, an are the day representit bi 9,900 livin species.

Temporal range:
Late TriassicPresent, 231.4–0 Ma
Muntit skelet o Coelophysis bauri, Cleveland Museum o Naitural History
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Clade: Eusaurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Marsh, 1881

Amang the featurs linkin theropod dinosaurs tae birds are a furcula (wishbone), air-filled bones, broodin o the eggs, an (in coelurosaurs, at least) feathers.

References eedit

  1. Holtz, Thomas R., Jr. (2012). Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, Winter 2011 Appendix.