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What is Oviraptorosauria?

Pronunciation: O-vee-rap-tor-o-sor-ee-uh
Author: Rinchen Barsbold
Year: 1976
Meaning: Egg plundering lizards (see etymology)
Locomotion: Bipedal (two legs)
Synonyms: Caenagnathiformes (Sternberg, 1940)
Avimimiformes (Chatterjee, 1991)
Definition:
The most inclusive clade containing Oviraptor philoceratops but not Therizinosaurus cheloniformis, Ornithomimus edmontonicus, Troodon formosus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Passer domesticus.
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Etymology
Oviraptorosauria is derived from the Latin "ovum" (egg) and "raptor" (plunderer, robber, thief), the Greek "sauros" (lizard) and the Latin "-ia" (neuter plural)... which basically boils down to "Egg robbing lizards"—the family anchored by Oviraptor—the original egg robber who did no such thing!
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Further reading
• Osborn (1924) "Three new Theropoda, Protoceratops zone, central Mongolia."
• G.S. Paul (2002) "Dinosaurs of the Air: The Evolution and Loss of Flight in Dinosaurs and Birds." /uk.
• Z. Dong and P. Currie (1996) "On the discovery of an oviraptorid skeleton on a nest of eggs at Bayan Mandahu, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China".
• R. Barsbold, T. Maryanska and H. Osmólska (2004) "Oviraptorosauria" in "The Dinosauria: 2nd edition." /uk. Editors: Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska.
• Lowell Dingus, Rodolfo A. Coria and Luis M. Chiappe (2007) "Dinosaur Eggs Discovered: Unscrambling the Clues". /UK.
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