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Temporal range: Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, 170–126 Ma
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A skeletal restoration of Camarasaurus supremus.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Clade: Sauropoda
Clade: Neosauropoda
Clade: Macronaria
Clade: Camarasauromorpha
Clade: Camarasauridae
Cope, 1877
Type species
Camarasaurus supremus
Cope, 1877a
  • Morosauridae Marsh 1882

Camarasauridae is a family of sauropods closely related to Camarasaurus. They are basal Macronarians, forming a sister clade to Titanosauriformes.[5] Some teeth from the Galve formation in Spain are similar to those of Camarasaurus, and may belong to members of this family.[4] Camarasaurids are distinguished by robust teeth, twelve cervical vertebrae, bifid posterior cervical and anterior dorsal neural spines, among other characteristics.[2][3] Cladistically, they are defined to be all sauropods closer related to Camarasaurus supremus than to Saltasaurus loricatus.[6]


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  5. ^ Mocho, P., Royo‐Torres, R., & Ortega, F. (2014). Phylogenetic reassessment of Lourinhasaurus alenquerensis, a basal Macronaria (Sauropoda) from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 170(4), 875-916.
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