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What is Hadrosauroidea?

Pronunciation: had-row-suh-ROY-dee-uh
Author: Cope
Year: 1869
Meaning: Heavy lizards (super family)
Locomotion: Primarily bipedal (2 legs)
Synonyms: Trachodontoidea (Lydekker, 1888),
Hadrosauria (Huene, 1956)
[Sereno, 2005]Definition
The most inclusive taxon containing Parasaurolophus walkeri but not Iguanodon bernissartensis.
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Etymology
Hadrosauroidea is derived from "Hadrosaurus" (anchor-saur of the group) and the Latin "-oidea" (of a type indicated by the stem or prefix). Hadrosaurus is derived from the Greek "hadros" (heavy, bulky, sturdy, powerful) and "sauros" (lizard) because of its size and build, ergo Hadrosauroidea literally means "heavy lizards". In the old Linnaean system of classification, "oides" is applied to groups that rank as "superfamilies".
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References
• Albert Prieto-Marquez (2008) "Phylogeny and historical biogeography of hadrosaurid dinosaurs".
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