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What is Maniraptora?

Pronunciation: man-ih-rap-tor-ruh
Author: Gauthier
Year: 1986
Meaning: Hand snatchers (see etymology)
Locomotion: Bipedal (two legs)
Synonyms: Metornithes (Perle et al. 1993)
[Sereno, 2005]Definition
The most inclusive clade containing Passer domesticus (House Sparrow) but not Ornithomimus velox.  
About
The group which includes the birds and all dinosaurs that were more closely related to them than to Ornithomimus (the "bird mimic"). Click here to search Dinochecker for Maniraptora.
Etymology
Maniraptora is derived from the Latin "manus" (hand), "raptor" (plunderer, snatcher, robber or thief), and "-a" (plural).
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Further reading
• Brett-Surman, Holtz and Farlow (2012) "The Complete Dinosaur: Second Edition".
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Atkinson, L. "DinoChecker FAQ entry :: What is Maniraptora?"
http://www.dinochecker.com/dinosaurfaqs/what-is-maniraptora›. Web access: 20th Nov 2017.
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