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What is Flagellicaudata?

Pronunciation: fla-gel-i-kaw-dah-tuh
Author: Harris and Dodson
Year: 2004
Meaning: Whip tails (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: None known
[Harris and Dodson, 2004] Definition
Diplodocus longus, Dicraeosaurus hansemanni, their most recent common ancestor and all descendants.
About
The diplodocoids (relatives of Diplodocus) with long, "whip tails". Some paleontologists speculate that their tails were literally used as whips, not necessarily to whip would-be predators but to create loud "sonic booms" as a deterrent. Click here to search Dinochecker's database for Flagellicaudata.

Etymology
Flagellicaudata is derived from the Latin "flagellum" (whip) and "cauda" (tail), because of their long, tapering tails.
Relationships
References
• K.C. Rogers and J. Wilson (2006) "The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology". /uk.
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