Recent Examples of saurischian from the Web
Still, succeeding generations of paleontologists came to the consensus that Dinosauria is made up of the saurischian and ornithischian branches.
In the old system, ornithischians were considered plant eaters while all the meat eating dinosaurs were saurischians, meaning that the trait of eating meat could have evolved after the two main branches of dinosaurs split.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'saurischian'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of saurischian
New Latin Saurischia, ultimately from Greek sauros lizard + New Latin ischium ischium
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
Learn More about saurischian
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about saurischian
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up saurischian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).