Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Rebbachisaurus garasbae

Rebbachisaurus was a large sauropod dinosaur that grew to lengths of around 20 metres. This animal had a very long neck, small head and whip like tail, which are all common features of sauropods. Rebbachisaurus lived alongside many carnivorous (meat eating) dinosaurs, like Carcharodontosaurus, Rebbachisaurus size was its main defense. One species is presently recognized, R. garasbae, the type species from Morocco. "R. tamesnensis" from Niger is considered a subjective synonym of Nigersaurus taqueti. "R. tessonei" from Argentina has been transferred to the genus Limaysaurus.

Rebbachisaurus garasbae
Lavocat, 1954
Meaning of generic name
“Rebbach lizard”
Length: 20 m, Skull length:
Holotype (MNHN): postcranial elements (scapula, a humerus, caudal dorsal vetebrae)

Age and Distribution
Horizon: Tegana Formation. Lower Cretaceous (Albian).

Locality: Ksar-es-Souk, Morocco.

Dinosauria Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Sauropoda Diplodocoidea Rebbachisauridae
Further Reading
R. Lavocat. 1954. Sur les dinosauriens du Continental Intercalaire des Kem-Kem de la Daoura [On the dinosaurs from the Continental Intercalaire of the Kem Kem of the Doura]. Comptes Rendus 19th Intenational Geological Congress, 1952 1:65-68.
February 25, 2009, by Nobu Tamura
October 23, 2011, by Nobu Tamura
Blog post by Nobu Tamura (images above are from his other blog Spinops
Paleoexhibit : A New Rebbachisaurid Sauropod from the Isle of Wight.

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