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What is Alioramini?

Pronunciation: AH-lee-oh-RAY-muh-nye
Author: Olshevsky
Year: 1995
Meaning: Different branch tribe (see etymology)
Locomotion: Bipedal (two legs)
Synonyms: None known
Definition
The most inclusive clade containing Alioramus remotus, but not Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus sarcophagus or Proceratosaurus bradleyi.
About
Alioramini was coined in 1995 by George Olshevsky as a Linnean-ranked group to house Aliosamus remotus and its closest relatives which at the time ammounted to, well, none. Understandably ignored by most paleontologists, especially since the Linean system fell by the wayside, it was snaffled in 2014 by Lü et al. who needed a name for their "different branch" of tyrannosaurids which united their newly discovered Qianzhousaurus with Alioramus, and Alioramini was made-to-measure.

Members of Alioramini differ from all other tyrannosauroids in possessing an extremely long and low skull, in which the snout accounts for at least 2/3 of its total length and is adorned with a series of hornlets along its top surface. They also sport at least 18 dentary teeth. Unfortunately, Lü's Qianzhousaurus may be a specimen of Alioramus, in which case Alioramini will be pointless again.
Etymology
Alioramini is derived from the Latin "alius" (different, other), "ramus" (branch)" and -ini" (tribe), named to indicate a "different branch" of long-snouted tyrannosaurids who are closely related to the group anchor, Alioramus.
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References
• Junchang Lü, Laiping Yi, Stephen L. Brusatte, Ling Yang, Hua Li & Liu Chen (2014) "A new clade of Asian Late Cretaceous long-snouted tyrannosaurids".
• Olshevsky, G. (1995) "The origin and evolution of the tyrannosaurids".
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Atkinson, L. "DinoChecker FAQ entry :: What is Alioramini?"
http://www.dinochecker.com/dinosaurfaqs/what-is-alioramini›. Web access: 28th May 2017.
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