Rukwatitan

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Rukwatitan
Temporal range: 100 Ma
Cretaceous
Rukwatitan humerus.jpg
Holotype humerus in anterior view with scale bar
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Clade: Sauropoda
Clade: Titanosauria
Genus: Rukwatitan
Gorscak et al., 2014
Type species
Rukwatitan bisepultus
Gorscak et al., 2014

Rukwatitan bisepultus is a species of titanosaur from the Galula Formation in Tanzania. It lived around 100 million years ago, during the middle Cretaceous.[1][2] The species, which shared features with another southern African species, Malawisaurus dixeyi, measured 30 feet (9.1 m) from the head to the tip of the tail,[3] and had forelimbs that were estimated around 6.5 feet (2.0 m) long. Fossils were found embedded in a cliff face near Lake Rukwa in the Rukwa Valley.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gorscak, Eric; O'Connor, Patrick M.; Stevens, Nancy J.; Roberts, Eric M. (2014). "The basal titanosaurian Rukwatitan bisepultus (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the middle Cretaceous Galula Formation, Rukwa Rift Basin, southwestern Tanzania". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 34 (5): 1133–1154. doi:10.1080/02724634.2014.845568.
  2. ^ Eric Gorscak. "Ohio University paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania". Ohio: Research. Ohio University. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ Ryan Grenoble (10 September 2014). "New Species Of Massive Dinosaur Discovered In Africa". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ Agata Blaszczak-Boxe/ (8 September 2014). "New dinosaur species a rare find in Africa". CBS News. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  5. ^ Jennifer Viegas (8 September 2014). "Another Massive New Dinosaur Found, This Time in Africa". Discovery Channel. Retrieved 8 September 2014.