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What is Dicraeosauridae?

Pronunciation: die-KREE-o-SOR-uh-day
Author: Janensch
Year: 1929
Meaning: Forked lizards (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: None known
Definition
All diplodocoids more closely related to Dicraeosaurus hansemanni than to Diplodocus longus.
About
Four-legged, flagellicaudatan diplodocoid sauropods—the "whip-tailed" relatives of Diplodocus. Relatively small compared to other sauropods, dicraeosaurids (members of Dicraeosauridae) have extremely short necks with long "forked" spines on the vertebrae of their necks and backs.

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Etymology
Dicraeosauridae is derived from the Greek "dikraios" (bifurcated, double-headed) and "sauros" (lizard), named for the long "forked" neural spines on the vertebrae of the neck and back, and their relationship to Dicraeosaurus.
References
• K.C. Rogers and J. Wilson (2006) "The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology". /uk.
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