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What is Diplodocidae?

Pronunciation: DIP-luh-DOH-suh-day
Author: O.C. Marsh
Year: 1884
Meaning: Double beams (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: Atlantosauridae (Marsh, 1877), Amphicoeliidae (E.D. Cope, 1878), Dystrophaeidae (von Huene, 1904), Apatosauridae (von Huene, 1927)
Definition
All diplodocoids more closely related to Diplodocus longus than Dicraeosaurus hansemanni.
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Etymology
Diplodocidae is derived from the Greek "diploos" (double), "dokos" (beam), and "-idae" (family), in reference to the double-beamed bones (chevrons) on the underside of their tail vertebrae, and their close relationship to Diplodocus.
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References
• K. Carpenter and V. Tidswell (2005) "Thunder Lizards: The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs". /uk.
• John A. Whitlock (2011) "Inferences of Diplodocoid (Sauropoda: Dinosauria) Feeding Behavior from Snout Shape and Microwear Analyses".
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