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As usual, my question centers around the etymology of a specific epithet.
This time, it's _Hypsibema crassicauda_. During my research, I came across
Cope's explanation for the generic name, his conclusion that, "the
Hypsibemas walked more directly on the toes than did the Hadrosauri."
I was wondering if anyone could send me a similar explanation for the
specific name. I know _crassicauda_ basically translates to "Thick tail,"
but I would like to know exactly why. Does it refer to the thickness of the
fossil vertebrae, or the over all tail?
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