Janenschia

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Janenschia
Temporal range: 155–145Ma
Late Jurassic
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Janenschia humerus, radius and ulna at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
(unranked): uncertain
Genus: Janenschia
Binomial name
Janenschia robusta
Wild, 1991

Janenschia (named after Werner Janensch) was a large sauropod from Late Jurassic Africa (155 million years ago). Originally thought to be a species of the diplodocid Tornieria/Barosaurus (previously "Gigantosaurus"), it was later considered to be a distantly related titanosauriform. So far, it is only known from Tanzania. This dinosaur was a herbivore.

Alternate view

The type species, Janenschia robusta, was first described by German palaeontologist Rupert Wild in 1991.

References[edit]

  • R. Wild. 1991. Janenschia n. g. robusta (E. Fraas 1908) pro Tornieria robusta (E. Fraas 1908) (Reptilia, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha) [Janenschia n. g. robusta (E. Fraas 1908) for Tornieria robusta (E. Fraas 1908) (Reptilia, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha)]. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Serie B (Geologie und Paläontologie) 173:1-4
  • E. Fraas, 1908, "Dinosaurierfunde in Ostafrika", Jahreshefte des Vereins für Vaterländische Naturkunde in Württemberg 64: 84-86