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What is Somphospondyli?

Pronunciation: SOM-fo-SPON-di-li
Author: Sereno and Wilson
Year: 1998
Meaning: Spongy vertebrae (see etymology)
Locomotion: Quadrupedal (four legs)
Synonyms: None known
[Taylor, 2009]Scientific definition
All taxa more closely related to Saltasaurus loricatus than to Brachiosaurus altithorax.
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Etymology
Somphospondyli is derived from the Greek "somphos" (spongy), "spondylos" (vertebra), and the Latin "-i" (plural), referring to the "spongy" or porous bone texture within its member's vertebrae.
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Further reading
• Wilson JA and Sereno PC (1998) "Early evolution and higher-level phylogeny of sauropod dinosaurs". Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 5: 1-68 (supp. to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18).
• Taylor MP (2009) "A re-evaluation of Brachiosaurus Altithorax (Riggs, 1903) and its generic seperation from Giraffititan Brancai (Janensch, 1914)". Journ. Vert. Pal. 29(3): 787–806.
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