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What is Dilophosauridae?

Dilophosauridae
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Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Neotheropoda
Dilophosauridae
Pronunciation: die-LOF-o-SOR-ih-day
Authors: Alan Charig and Andrew Milner
Year: 1990
Meaning: Double-crested lizards (see etymology)
Locomotion: Bipedal
Synonyms: None known
Definition
No official definition
About
According to Thomas Holtz, jr: "Continued work on Late Triassic/Early Jurassic theropods has failed to consistently find a "dilophosaurid" group (Dilophosauridae). It might exist, or some of these dinosaurs (such as Cryolophosaurus) may be closer to averostrans (ceratosaurs plus tetanurines) than to Dilophosaurus".
Etymology
Dilophosauridae is derived from the Greek "di" ("two), "lophos" (crest), "sauros" (lizard) and "idae" (family), referring to a proposed family of theropod anchored by Dilophosaurus. Funnily enough, though, not all dilophosaurids have two crests!
Relationships
Further reading
• Charig A.J. and Milner A.C. (1990) "The systematic position of Baryonyx walkeri, in the light of Gauthier's reclassification of the Theropoda" in Carpenter and Currie (eds.) "Dinosaur Systematics: Perspectives and Approaches".
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