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Re: Qld Museum to unveil Australia's biggest dinosaur bones



Dann Pigdon wrote:

I see the word 'Titanosaur' is thrown about quite a bit. I assume this is a media-friendly version of 'Titanosauriform'.

Its also known as a vernacular name. Often found useful when communicating with people outside of the field - hence, "dinosaur", "pelycosaur", "archosaur", "plesiosaur", "ichthyosaur", "mosasaur", etc....

As with all vernacular names, which "clade" it is referring to will vary
depending on context and the person using it.

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