from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dinosaur of the order Saurischia, having a pelvic girdle similar to that of modern reptiles.
- adj. Of or relating to the order Saurischia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any dinosaur of the order Saurischia
- adj. Characteristic of these dinosaurs
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the Saurischia.
- n. A member of the Saurischia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaur having a three-pronged pelvis like that of a crocodile
Nothing wrong with publishing frequently on Nature's most noble creatures, the saurischian dinosaurs.
"Nothing wrong with publishing frequently on Nature's most noble creatures, the saurischian dinosaurs."
So did theropods, by the way, so it's probably the saurischian ancestral condition.
Also love all this basal-saurischian stuff, Albertonykus!
A nomenclature for vertebral laminae in sauropods and other saurischian dinosaurs.
Colbert EH (1964) Relationships of saurischian dinosaurs.
Nesbitt SJ, Smith ND, Irmis RB, Turner AH, Downs A, et al. (2009) A complete skeleton of a Late Triassic saurischian and the early evolution of dinosaurs.
Wilson JA (1999) A nomenclature for vertebral laminae in sauropods and other saurischian dinosaurs.
They were preyed upon by large theropods (Ceratosaurs, Megalosaurs, and Allosaurs) - all of them belonging to the 'lizard hipped' or saurischian branch of the dinosaurs.
As discussed above, however, enormous sternal plates and 'special' sternocostal joints aren't required for avian-style air-sac ventilation in the first place, and saurischian dinosaurs (yes, sauropodomorphs as well as non-avian theropods) do possess the anatomical features required for an avian-style air-sac system.