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What is Sauropoda?

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Sauropoda
Pronunciation: soh-roh-PO-duh
Author: Marsh
Year: 1878
Meaning: Lizard feet (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: None known
[Sereno 2005]Definition
The most inclusive clade containing Saltasaurus loricatus but not Jingshanosaurus xinwaensis and Mussaurus patagonicus.
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Etymology
Sauropoda is derived from the Greek "sauros" (lizard) and "pod-" (foot), based on O.C. Marsh's assumption that sauropod feet were "plantigrade" (toe to heel, flat to the ground) with splayed toes like those of a lizard. Surprisingly for such rotund creatures, sauropods actually walked on their tippy-toes, just like modern elephants.
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Further reading
• Curry Rogers KA and Wilson JA (2005) "The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology".
• Tidwell V and Carpenter K (2005) "Thunder Lizards: The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs".
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