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What is Camarasauridae?

Pronunciation: KAM-ah-ra-SOR-uh-day
Author: E.D. Cope
Year: 1877
Meaning: Chambered lizards (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: Morosauridae (Marsh, 1883)
Definition
All sauropods more closely related to Camarasaurus supremus than to Saltasaurus loricatus.
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Etymology
Camarasauridae is derived from "Camarasaurus" (the group name-bearer) and the Greek "idae" (family). Camarasaurus itself is derived from the Greek "kamara" (chamber—in reference to the hollow chambers in its vertebrae) and "sauros" (lizard).
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References
• Cope, E.D. (1877) "On a Gigantic Saurian from the Dakota Epoch of Colorado". Pal. Bull. No. 25, pp.5-10.
• H. F. Osborn and C. C. Mook (Jan. 1921) " Camarasaurus, Amphicoelias, and other sauropods of Cope". Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History (vol. 3).
• Taylor, M. P. & Naish, D. (2007). An unusual new neosauropod dinosaur from the lower cretaceous hastings beds group of East Sussex, England. Palaeontology, 50(6), 1547-1564.
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