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What is Orionides?

Pronunciation: oh-RY-oh-NY-deez
Author: Carrano, Benson and Sampson
Year: 2012
Meaning: Descendants of Orion (see etymology)
Locomotion: Bipedal (2 legs)
Synonyms: None known
[Carrano et al. 2012]Definition
Megalosauroidea, Avetheropoda, their most recent common ancestor, and all its descendants.
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Etymology
Orionides is derived from "Orion" (the giant hunter of Greek mythology, in reference to the size and predatory lifestyle of the basal orionidans) and the Greek "ides" (sons or descendants of). It's also a nod to the alternate name for the constellation Orion—Alektropodion—meaning "chicken foot", alluding to the "chicken-like" feet of its members.
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Further reading
• Carrano M. T, Benson R.B.J. and Sampson S. D. (2012) "The phylogeny of Tetanurae (Dinosauria: Theropoda)". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 10:2, 211-300
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