Definition of Archosauria
1. Noun. A large subclass of diapsid reptiles including: crocodiles; alligators; dinosaurs; pterosaurs; plesiosaurs; ichthyosaurs; thecodonts.
Group relationships: Class Reptilia, Reptilia
Member holonyms: Archosaur, Archosaurian, Archosaurian Reptile, Genus Saurosuchus, Saurosuchus, Genus Proterochampsa, Proterochampsa, Crocodilia, Crocodylia, Order Crocodilia, Order Crocodylia, Order Ornithischia, Ornithischia, Order Saurischia, Saurischia, Order Pterosauria, Pterosauria, Order Thecodontia, Thecodontia, Ichthyosauria, Order Ichthyosauria, Order Sauropterygia, Sauropterygia
Generic synonyms: Class
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Archosauria
Literary usage of Archosauria
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Summarized Proceedings ... and a Directory of Members by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1871)
"The last group is rendered unnatural by the presence of the latter order, which possesses the closely articulated quadrate bone of the archosauria. ..."
2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1901)
"... up the subclass of archosauria. OP HAY. AMERICAN MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK, July 4, 1901. ..."
3. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by New York Academy of Sciences (1917)
"... nearly related to the primitive archosauria (Diapsida), or two-arched reptiles, and was very widely removed from the mammals, mammal- reptiles, turtles, ..."
4. Text-book of Paleontology by Karl Alfred von Zittel (1902)
"They are known to us simply as a race of peculiarly modified archosauria, or reptiles with two temporal arches, whose origin is as yet mysterious, ..."