Tataouinea

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Not to be confused with Tataouine.
Tataouinea
Temporal range: Albian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Family: Rebbachisauridae
Genus: Tataouinea
Fanti et al.,2013
Species: † T. hannibalis
Binomial name
Tataouinea hannibalis
Fanti et al.,2013

Tataouinea is a genus of sauropod dinosaur which lived in the Early Cretaceous Tunisia. Its bones were extensively pneumatic, providing strong support for the theory that sauropods had birdlike respiratory systems. Key characteristics of its vertebral morphology show that Tatouinea was a rebbachisaurid, closely related to the Nigersaurines of Europe.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federico Fanti, Andrea Cau, Mohsen Hassine & Michela Contessi (2013). "A new sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Tunisia with extreme avian-like pneumatization". Nature Communications 4 (2080): 1–7. doi:10.1038/ncomms3080.