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DINOSAURUS

 
Pronunciation: DIE-no-SOR-us
Meaning: Terrible Lizard
Author/s: Ludwig Rutimeyer (1856)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Basel, Switzerland
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Dinosaurus gresslyi

Dinosaurus gresslyi was coined by Ludwig Rutimeyer in 1856. However, Johann Fischer von Waldheim had already assigned "Dinosaurus" to what he thought was a type of lizard in 1845, so old Ludwig renamed his critter Gresslyosaurus later in 1856, and also changed the species epithet from "gresslyi" to "ingens", possibly because Gresslyosaurus gresslyi just sounds ridiculous. Not that it really matters.

Gresslyosaurus is officially a junior synonym of Plateosaurus, and "Dinosaurus" is a synapsid, a junior synonym of Brithopus (which itself is considered dubious because of its non-diagnostic remains), and does not anchor the entire Dinosauria nor is it even close to being a dinosaur. In fact, it's closer to mammals!

This entry is only here because "Dinosaurus" is the most searched for entry on this site according to our guardian of the database, so here it is in all of its, ahem, glory.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Triassic
Stage: Norian
Age range: 228-209 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 8 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 700 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Plateosauridae
Plateosaurus
engelhardti
References
• Rutimeyer, L. (1856a) "(Dinosaurus gresslyi)". Biblio. Universelle Geneve Arch. September 1856: p. 53.
• Fischer de Waldheim, J. (1847) "Notice sur quelques Sauriens de l'Oolithe du Gouvernement de Simbirsk".
• James Orville Farlow, Michael K. Brett-Surman (1999) "The Complete Dinosaur" /uk.
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Atkinson, L. "DINOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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