Temporal range: Mid to Late Jurassic
|Illustration of the head|
Mahammed et al. (2005)
Chebsaurus is a genus of quadrupedal, herbivorous, cetiosaurid sauropod dinosaur, specifically a eusauropod. It lived in present-day Algeria, in the Middle Jurassic Period. The type species, C. algeriensis, was named in 2005 by Farida Mahammed and is the most complete Algerian sauropod known. It was around 8 to 9 metres (26 to 30 ft) long.
The word "Cheb" "شاب" is colloquial Arabic for "young man", as the fossils found were believed to be from a juvenile. The original publication, by Mahammed et al., gives Chebsaurus the nickname "the Giant of Ksour".
The skeleton, including cranial material, was found in the Occidental Saharan Atlas (Algerian High Atlas).
- F. Mahammed, E. Läng, L. Mami, L. Mekahli, M. Benhamou, B. Bouterfa, A. Kacemi, S. A. Chérief, H. Chaouati and P. Taquet. 2005. The 'Giant of Ksour', a Middle Jurassic sauropod dinosaur from Algeria. Comptes Rendus Palevol (4)707-714.
- Original paper, in English and French
- Abstract of paper
- 'Les dinos' web site (in French)
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