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Are lizards from the same family as dinosaurs?

Are lizards from the same family as dinosaurs?

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Asked by F.William, Last updated: Jan 26, 2020

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C. Reyes

C. Reyes

Answered May 15, 2018

Dinosaur comes from the Greek terms dienos (terrible) and sauros (lizard). Dinosaurs are their own category of animal, most closely related to birds and crocodiles. They come from a group of reptiles called Archosauromorphs. Lizards come from a distantly related reptile group called Lepidosauromorphs. Dinosaurs (including birds) are, however, related to crocodiles. Now, lizards, dinosaurs, and crocodiles are all reptiles. (Yes, that does mean that, in terms of phylogenetics, birds are...Read More
 

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