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Dinosaurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Genus: Dinosaurus
Fischer, 1847
Species
  • D. murchisoni (Fischer, 1845) (type)

Dinosaurus (meaning "terrible lizard") is a dubious genus of therapsid, or mammal-like "reptile". It was first described in 1845 by Johann Fischer von Waldheim, first as a species of Rhopalodon (R. murchisoni), and later in its own genus (Dinosaurus).[1]

The name "Dinosaurus" was later used by Ludwig Rütimeyer (1856) for a dubious genus of prosauropod dinosaur, which he named Dinosaurus gresslyi. However, the name was found to be preoccupied by the therapsid. The prosauropod was re-named Gresslyosaurus ingens, and is now considered a junior synonym of Plateosaurus. The original therapsid species is known from fragmentary material and is considered a nomen dubium.

References

  1. ^ Fischer de Waldheim, J. (1847). "Notice sur quelques Sauriens de l'Oolithe du Gouvernement de Simbirsk." Bulletin de la Societe des Naturalistes de Moscou, Tome XX pt l (Rhinosaurus Jasikovü, Ool.)

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See also dinosaurus

Translingual

Etymology

From Ancient Greek δεινός (deinos), terrible, awesome, mighty) + σαῦρος (sauros), lizard).

Proper noun

Dinosaurus

  1. The former genus name of the dinosaurs (now within class Archosauria.)

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