sauro-, saur-, -saurus, -saurid, -saur,
-sauria, -saurian +

(Greek: lizard, reptile, serpent; used especially with reference to "dinosaurs")

Maresaurus
A “sea lizard” from Middle Jurassic South America.

Named by Z. B. de Gasparini in 1997. It was named to indicate a marine pliosauroid found in the Neuquen Basin, of central-western Argentina.

Named by Argentinian paleontologist Zulma N. Gasparini in 1997.

Marshosaurus
A “Marsh’s lizard” from Late Jurassic North America. It was named in honor of Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899), a noted American paleontoloist and dinosaur scholar. Named by U. S. paleontologist James H. Madsen in 1976.
Masitisisauropus
A “Marsh’s lizard” from Late Triassic through Early Jurassic Lesotho, South Africa.

This name is an ichnotaxon footprint, not an animal. It was named by Paul Ellenberger in 1974.

Mauisaurus
A “Maui’s lizard” from Late Cretaceous New Zealand. It was named for Maui, a Maori demi-god and hero, to indicate a plesiosaur found in New Zealand, home of the Maori people. Named by Harry Govier Seeley in 1877.
Megacervixosaurus
A "big-neck lizard" genus of herbivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period. Named by Chinese paleontologist (one who studies prehistoric life), Zijin Zhao in 1983.
Megalansaurus
A reptile, not a dinosaur, from the Late Triassic period.
Megalneusaurus
A “great-swimming lizard” from Late Jurassic Nouth America (Wyoming). Named by W. C. Knight in 1895.
Megalosaurids
This “great lizard” is from Middle and Late Jurassic period onward and found in Europe and in other regions of the world.
Megalosaurus
A “great” or “big lizard” from Middle Jurassic to Early Cretaceous periods and found in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. It is said to be the first dinosaur bone on record to be discovered (1677) in England. This creature was previously known as Magnosaurus and Nuthetes. Named by Dean William Buckland (1784-1856) in 1824.

Buckland was a British fossil hunter, clergyman, and Oxford don (a Reader in Geology and Mineralogy) who discovered Megalosaurus in 1819. It is supposed to be the first dinosaur to be described scientifically and the first theropod dinosaur discovered.

Melanorosaurus
Translated as “black mountain lizard” from Late Triassic South Africa. Named for Thaba ‘Nyama, “Black Mountain”, in the Cape Province of South Africa, where the fossil was found. Named by paleontologist Sydney H. Haughton in 1924.
Mesosaurus
A “middle lizard” was an odd, fresh-water dwelling reptile, not a dinosaur, that lived from the Late Carboniferous period to the Early Permian period.

It was one of the first aquatic reptiles whose fossils were found in South Africa and South America. Named by Francois-Louis Gervais in 1865.

Metriacanthosaurus
A “moderately-spined lizard” from Late Jurassic southern England. Named by British paleontologist Cyril A. Walker in 1964.
Microdontosaurus
A "tiny-toothed lizard"; which is a sauropod from the Late Cretaceous. Named by Zijin Zhao in 1983.
Microhadrosaurus
A “tiny (small) Hadrosaurus lizard” from Late Cretaceous China. Named by Chinese paleontologist Zhiming Dong in 1979.
Micropachycephalosaurus
A “tiny thick-headed lizard” or “small pachycephalosaurid” from Late Cretaceous China. Although it is one of the smallest dinosaurs, it has the longest dinosaur name. Named by Chinese paleontologist Zhiming Dong in 1978.

A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, or indirectly, with: "snakes or other reptiles": angui-; coluber-; herpeto-; ophio-; reptil-.