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Dinosauria Owen 1842

Dinosaurs including birds

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Containing group: Archosauria

Other Names for Dinosauria Owen 1842


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Sereno, P. C. 1997. The origin and evolution of dinosaurs. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 25:435-489.

Sereno, P.C. 1998. A rationale for phylogenetic definitions, with application to the higher-level taxonomy of dinosauria. Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologyie, Abhuandlungen 210(1): 41-83.

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Weishampel, D. B., P. Dodson, and H. Osmolska, eds. 1990. The Dinosauria. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Information on the Internet

Title Illustrations
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Scientific Name Tyrannosaurus rex
Location Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
Specimen Condition Model
Body Part head
Source Dinosaur roaming in Alberta
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2002 Frank Maurer
white or fairy terns hovering
Scientific Name Gygis alba
Location Sand Island at Midway Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Comments white or fairy terns hovering
Acknowledgements http://flickr.com/photos/kenai
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Behavior in flight
View ventral
Collection Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenai
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2006 Caleb Slemmons
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