|Named By:||Sterling J. Nesbitt et al in 2009|
|Time Period:||Late Triassic, 215 Ma|
|Location:||USA, New Mexico - Chinle Formation, Ghost Ranch|
|Size:||Estimated about 2 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||At least eight individuals represented by partial skeletons|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Eusaurischia | Theropoda ||
Tawa (named after the Hopi word for the Puebloan sun god) is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Triassic period. The fossil remains of Tawa hallae were found in the Hayden Quarry of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Its discovery alongside the relatives of Coelophysis and Herrerasaurus supports the hypothesis that the earliest dinosaurs arose in Gondwana during the early Late Triassic period in what is now South America, and radiated from there around the globe. The specific name honours Ruth Hall, founder of the Ghost Ranch Museum of Paleontology.