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Preliminary description of Coelophysoids (Dinosauria:Theropoda) from the Upper Triassic (Revuletian:Early-Mid Norian) Snyder Quarry, north-central New Mexico

Describes the fossils of a Coelophysis-like dinosaur from the Snyder quarry near Ghost Ranch.

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Abstract

The Upper Triassic Snyder quarry is the second-most productive theropod locality in the Chinle Group. Skull and postcranial elements, particularly tibiae, collected from the Snyder quarry during the last three field seasons demonstrate the presence of at least four individuals of two taxa. The smaller theropod strongly resembles, but is distinct from, the holotype of Eucoelophysis baldwini Sullivan and Lucas and represents either a sexual dimorph or, more likely, a new species of Eucoelophysis. The larger theropod is represented by a single, incomplete fused tibia-fibula-astragalus-calcaneum. Most striking about this taxon is the proximal fusion of the tibia and fibula. These theropods are a small fraction of a rich and diverse assemblage of Upper Triassic vertebrates and invertebrates from the most productive Chinle Group vertebrate fossil assemblage discovered in the last 50 years.