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- noun zoology Any member of the Plateosauridae.
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Morphological similarities between Seitaad and plateosaurid and massospondylid taxa are therefore not unexpected given the cosmopolitan distribution of other members of the clade and the intermediate position of North America.
The new taxon is characterized by a plate-like medial process of the scapula, a prominent proximal expansion of the deltopectoral crest of the humerus, a strongly inclined distal articular surface of the radius, and a proximally and laterally hypertrophied proximal metacarpal I. Phylogenetic analysis recovers Seitaad as a derived basal sauropodomorph closely related to plateosaurid or massospondylid 'prosauropods' and its presence in western North America is not unexpected for a member of this highly cosmopolitan clade.