Tapuiasaurus

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Tapuiasaurus
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous, 120 Ma
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Skull of the type specimen
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Clade: Neosauropoda
Clade: Macronaria
Clade: Titanosauria
Family: Nemegtosauridae
Genus: Tapuiasaurus
Zaher et al., 2011
Species: T. macedoi
Binomial name
Tapuiasaurus macedoi
Zaher et al., 2011
Restoration
Vertebra
The view of the fossils when discovered
Location of where the fossils were found

Tapuiasaurus (meaning "Tapuia lizard") is a genus of herbivorous sauropod dinosaur. It is a nemegtosaurid titanosaur which lived during the Lower Cretaceous period (Aptian age) in what is now Brazil. Its fossils, including a partial skeleton with a nearly complete skull, have been recovered from the Quiricó Formation (Sanfranciscana Basin) at Minas Gerais, eastern Brazil. This genus was named by Hussam Zaher, Diego Pol, Alberto B. Carvalho, Paulo M. Nascimento, Claudio Riccomini, Peter Larson, Rubén Juarez-Valieri, Ricardo Pires-Domingues, Nelson Jorge da Silva Jr. and Diógenes de Almeida Campos in 2011, and the type species is Tapuiasaurus macedoi.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hussam Zaher, Diego Pol, Alberto B. Carvalho, Paulo M. Nascimento, Claudio Riccomini, Peter Larson, Rubén Juarez-Valieri, Ricardo Pires-Domingues, Nelson Jorge da Silva Jr., Diógenes de Almeida Campos (2011). "A Complete Skull of an Early Cretaceous Sauropod and the Evolution of Advanced Titanosaurians". PLoS ONE. 6 (2): e16663. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016663. PMC 3034730Freely accessible. PMID 21326881.