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Garudimimidae (Garudimimids)
Translation: Garuda (mythical bird) Mimics
The Garudimimidae (gah-RUE-dye-MYE-mi-day) is a family of ornithomimosaurid (ostrich-like) theropods. "Garuda" is the Hindu name for a mythological bird which was part eagle and part man. It is symbolic of speed and strength, which are attributes members of the Garudimimidae are believed to have possessed. The hands of Garudimimids were relatively large, and rather than the three toes of the usual ornithomimosaurid, their feet bore four short toes.

Translation: Stomach Stones
Gastroliths (GAS-tro-liths) are smooth stones for grinding food in the stomachs of animals. Because they have no teeth, today's birds use gastroliths in their gizzards to facilitate grinding seeds. Piles of gastroliths have been found near several sauropod fossils. Although sauropods had teeth, they were ill-suited for grinding; therefore, it is thought that sauropods swallowed small stones (gastroliths) to grind the food they swallowed whole.

Genera (Plural of Genus) (JEN-er-uh)
See Genus.

Genus (JEE-nus) is one of the major groups used to scientifically classify plants or animals. Several closely related species, or one species, make up a genus, while several genera (the plural of genus) make up a family. Other taxonomic groups -- in descending order -- are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

Translation: Earth Lizard
Geosaurus (JEE-uh-sawr-us) was an ocean-dwelling crocodile, not a dinosaur. It came ashore to lay its eggs, and swam the oceans during the Early Jurassic Period. Marked by its paddle-shaped legs, it grew to about 15 feet (4.6 meters) long.

Translation: Giant Biped
Gigandipus (jih-GAN-dih-pus) is the name given to a trackway made by a three-toed bipedal dinosaur. The tracks are those of a carnosaur that lived during the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic Periods.

Gondwanaland (gond-WAH-nuh-land) is the name given to the southern-most continent that drifted apart from Pangea. Gondwanaland comprised today's South America, Africa, Arabia, India, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica. The term "Gondwanaland" is derived from "land of the Gonds," an ancient kingdom of India.

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