Temporal range: Late Triassic–Present, 220–0 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Archosauria
Clade: Theropoda
Clade: Neotheropoda
Bakker, 1986
  • Avepoda Paul, 2002
  • Eutheropoda Novas, Haro & Canale, 2003

Neotheropoda, or "new theropods", is a clade that includes coelophysoids and more advanced theropod dinosaurs.


Neotheropoda was named by Robert T. Bakker in 1986 as a group including the relatively advanced theropod subgroups Ceratosauria and Tetanurae.[1] However, most later researchers have used it to denote a broader group. Neotheropoda was first defined as a clade by Paul Sereno in 1998 as Coelophysis plus modern birds, which includes almost all theropods except the most primitive species.[2]


  1. ^ Bakker, R.T. 1986. The Dinosaur Heresies. William Morrow, New York. 481 pp.
  2. ^ Sereno, 1998. A rationale for phylogenetic definitions, with application to the higher-level taxonomy of Dinosauria. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abhandlungen. 210, 41-83.

Various dinosaurs This article is part of Project Dinosaur Taxonomy, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on every order, family and other taxonomic rank related to dinosaurs.
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