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iChindesaurus
Fossil range: Triassic
Conservation status
Extinct (fossil)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosaur
Order: Saurischia
Suborder:  ?Theropoda
Infraorder: Herrerasauria
Family: Herrerasauridae
Genus: Chindesaurus
Long & Murry, 1995

Chindesaurus (CHIN-dee-SAWR-us - Chinde (Navajo chiindii) meaning "ghost or evil spirit" and Greek sauros meaning "lizard") is a genus of theropod dinosaur named after the Chinde Point, near where the genoholotype specimen (a partial skeleton) was discovered in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, by Bryan Small in 1984.

Chindesaurus was a primitive theropod which lived around 225 million years ago during the Late Triassic. It was between 6 and 12 feet long, and was formally described by Long and Murry in 1995. The type species, Chindesaurus bryansmalli, is named in honor of the discoverer.

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