Nopcsaspondylus

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Nopcsaspondylus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Nopcsaspondylus holotype.jpg
Holotype dorsal vertebra of Nopcsasopondylus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
Superfamily: Diplodocoidea
Family: Rebbachisauridae
Genus: Nopcsaspondylus
Apesteguía, 2007
Species
  • N. alarconensis Apesteguía, 2007

Nopcsaspondylus (meaning "Franz Nopcsa's vertebra", in reference to the original describer) is a genus of rebbachisaurid sauropod dinosaur (a type of large, long-necked quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur) from the Coniacian-age (Upper Cretaceous) Candeleros Formation of Neuquén, Argentina. It is based on a now-lost back vertebra described by Nopcsa in 1902 but not named at the time.[1][2] The specimen had a small vertebral body and large hollows, now known to be typical of rebbachisaurids.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Apesteguía, Sebastián (2007). "The sauropod diversity of the La Amarga Formation (Barremian), Neuquén (Argentina)". Gondwana Research 12 (4): 533–546. doi:10.1016/j.gr.2007.04.007. 
  2. ^ Nopcsa, Franz (1902). "Notizen über Cretacischen Dinosaurier. Pt. 3. Wirbel eines südamerikanischen Sauropoden". Akademie der Wissenschaften (in German) 3: 108–114. 

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