Name: Azendohsaurus ‭(‬Azendoh lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: A-zen-doe-sore-us.
Named By: J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Dutuit‭ ‬-‭ ‬1972.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha, Allokotosauria, Azendohsauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬laaroussi‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬madagaskarensis.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly estimated between 2 and 3 meters long.
Known locations: Morocco.
Time period: Late Triassic.
Fossil representation: Teeth and jaws for A.‭ ‬laroussi,‭ ‬almost complete individual for A.‭ ‬madagaskarensis.

       Upon first study Azendohsaurus was considered to have been a herbivorous dinosaur,‭ ‬possibly either a prosauropod or even an ornithischian.‭ ‬Later study has now yielded the conclusion that Azendohsaurus is not a dinosaur at all,‭ ‬merely an archosauromorph that grew to resemble early herbivorous dinosaurs by convergent evolution.‭ ‬If this sounds similar then that‭’‬s because it is similar to what happened to the genus Shuvosaurus.‭ ‬This genus was once interpreted as being an ancient Triassic age ornithomimosaur,‭ ‬only to be later found to be an archosaur‭ (‬specifically a type of rauisuchian‭)‬.‭ ‬The true identity of Azendohsaurus was helped by the discovery and description of Madagascan fossil material by Flynn et al in‭ ‬2010.‭ ‬Azendohsaurus is known to have leaf shaped teeth,‭ ‬an adaptation commonly seen in herbivorous reptiles that eat lush leafy vegetation.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Découverte d'un Dinosaure ornithischien dans le Trias supérieur de l'Atlas occidental marocain‭ [‬Discovery of an ornithischian dinosaur in the Upper Triassic of the Moroccan western Atlas‭]‬,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Dutuit‭ ‬-‭ ‬1972.
- The prosauropod dinosaur Azendohsaurus laaroussii from the Upper Triassic of Morocco. - Palaeontology. 36 (4): 897–908 – via The Palaeontological Association. - F. X. Gauffre - 1993.
-‭ ‬A new species of Azendohsaurus‭ (‬Diapsida:‭ ‬Archosauromorpha‭) ‬from the Triassic Isalo Group of southwestern Madagascar:‭ ‬cranium and mandible,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Flynn,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Nesbitt,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Parrish,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Ranivoharimanana,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Wyss‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
- Postcranial osteology of Azendohsaurus madagaskarensis (?Middle to Upper Triassic, Isalo Group, Madagascar) and its systematic position among stem archosaur reptiles. - Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (398): 1–126. - J. J. Pritchard, M. J. Parrish, L. Ranivoharimanana & A. R. Wyss - 2015.
- Bone histology of Azendohsaurus laaroussii: Implications for the evolution of thermometabolism in Archosauromorpha. - Paleobiology. 45 (2): 317–330. - J. Cubo & N. -E Jalil - 2019.


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