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« on: January 19, 2011, 01:22:13 pm »

The name "pliosaur" is derived from Greek, πλειων meaning "more/a higher degree" and σαυρος meaning "lizard". It is adapted from the name of the genus Pliosaurus, which means "more saurian", and was coined in 1841 by Richard Owen, who believed that pliosaurs represented a link between plesiosaurs and crocodilians (considered a type of "saurian"), particularly due to their crocodile-like teeth. Therefore, he named these animals to indicate that they were "more saurian" than the plesiosaurs.

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