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What is Blikanasauridae?

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Blikanasauridae
Pronunciation: bli-KAHN-a-SOR-uh-day
Author: Galton & van Heerden
Year: 1985
Meaning: Blikanasaurus family (see etymology)
Locomotion: Probably quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: None known
Definition:
No official definition
About
Blikanasauridae was coined by Galton and van Heerden in 1985 to house Blikanasaurus and its closest relatives. Unfortunately, no-one seems to know what its closest relatives are.
On top of that, it's unclear if they were non sauropod sauropodomorphs (aka "prosauropods") or sauropods proper. Such is the mystique surrounding Blikanasauridae most paleontologists tend not to use it.

Click here to view Dinochecker's A-Z list of Blikanasaurids.
Etymology
Blikanasauridae is derived from "Blikanasaurus" (itself derived from "Blikana" for Blikana mountain, and the Greek "sauros" meaning lizard) and the Greek "idae" (family).
Further reading
• Galton P. M. and Van Heerden J. (1985) "Partial hindlimb of Blikanasaurus cromptoni n. gen. and n. sp., representing a new family of prosauropod dinosaurs from the Upper Triassic of South Africa".
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Atkinson, L. "DinoChecker FAQ entry :: What is Blikanasauridae?"
http://www.dinochecker.com/dinosaurfaqs/what-is-blikanasauridae›. Web access: 28th Apr 2017.
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