sauro-, saur-, -saurus, -saurid, -saur,
-sauria, -saurian +
(Greek: lizard, reptile, serpent; used especially with reference to "dinosaurs")
Emba lizard from Late Cretaceous period and found near the Emba River in Kazakhstan. Named by Anatoly Nicolaevich Riabinin in 1931.
A mysterious (enigma, riddle, or mystery) lizard from Late Cretaceous Mongolia. Named by Mongolian paleontologist Rinchen (Rinchengiyn) Barsbold and Altangerel Perle in 1983.
A dawn-thunder lizard.from Greek, eos, dawn and bronte, thunder; Late Cretaceous. Named by Robert T. Bakker in 1998.
A heavy (ponderous) lizard from Late Cretaceous Argentina. Based on Greek epakhthes, heavy, ponderous to indicate a large sauropod. Named by Jaime Eduardo Powell in 1990.
A guardian lizard. From Greek, episcopos, guardian, protector.
An oar lizard. Its name comes Greek, eretmos, oar. From Early Jurassic Europe, and it was named by Harry Govier Seeley in 1874.
Erliks lizard from Late Cretaceous Mongolia. Named for Erlik, Lamaist, king of the dead, according to a Buddhist sect in Mongolia. Named by Rinchengiyn Barsold and Altangerel Perle in 1980.
A sharp-pointed (good or true pointed) lizard from Late Cretaceous Alberta, Canada. Named by Daniel J. Chure and John Stanton McIntosh (1923-) in 1989.
This nomenclature (good-tailed lizard) is no longer recognized by scientists because they found that it described an animal that was previously given another name which is Acanthopholis. Named by Harry Govier Seeley in 1879.
This nomenclature (good-tibia lizard) is no longer recognized by scientists because they found that it described an animal that was previously given another name which is Euskelosaurus. Named by van Hoepen in 1920.
A tortoise-like reptile (not a dinosaur). It may be an ancestor of the modern-day turtle. Its fossil was found in South Africa.
An Ichthyosaur from Early Jurassic Germany. It was not a dinosaur but another type of extinct reptile.
A broad lizard from Early Jurassic Europe. It was found in Echenoz-la-Meline, France, and was named by Albert Gaudry in 1878.
A well-limbed (good-legged) lizard from Late Triassic Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe. This creature was formerly known as Eucnemesaurus, Gigantoscelus, Melanorosaurus, Orinosaurus, Orosaurus, and Plateosauravus. Named by English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) in 1866.
Small beasts like these are believed to have given rise to all other bird-hipped dinosaurs. Fabrosaurids lived in Europe, North American, and southern Africa.