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Re: So what's a Brachiosaur?



>> I think part of the confusion might be Jurassic Park related - many press
>> releases, posters, etc., said "the Brachiosaur, also known as the
>> brontosaurus" - a patently untrue statement!
>>
>
>Thank you.  This is what I was wondering.  I know (vaguely) why the
>brontosaurus is really an aptosaurus (sp?).  Where and how did the name
>`brachiosaur' originate?

Brachiosaurus altithorax Riggs 1903.  Brachio is "arm", and refers to the
great size of the forelimb.


                                
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.                                   
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