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Re: Goofy dinosaur names: (combined answer)
Quoting "T. Michael Keesey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Well, there are so many non-lacertilian "-saurus" names that I think
the ending can safely be interpreted as "reptilian" (or "non-avialan
reptilian", perhaps--Avisaurus and Soroavisaurus excluded).
And, of course, _Basilosaurus_, though that was a case of mistaken identity.
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