- Spinostropheus gautieri
- Sereno, Conrad and Wilson, 2004 originally described as Elaphrosaurus gautieri, Lapparet, 1960
- Meaning of generic name
- Spine Vertebra in Greek. Named for the prominent epipophyseal processes on the cervical vertebrae and its moderate body size
[was earlier, with my earlier comment:]
- Meaning of generic names
- Spine Vertebra + turning in Greek. Named for the prominent epipophyseal [?] processes on the cervical vertebrae and – elaphrosaurus synonym – its moderate body size and its being a lizard
[“prominent epipophyseal [?] processes” = disease?]
- Meaning of specific name
- After Geologist F. Gautier
- Body length: 12 ft (4 m)
- Holotype: Isolated mid-cervical vertebrae
Referred Specimen: MNN TIG6, articulated axial column preserving the third cervical to the anterior sacrals with complete cervical and more fragmentary dorsal ribs. Cervical and dorsal vertebrae overlap with the holotypic specimen.
[Neither head nor extremities!]
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Tiouraren Formation, Irhazer Group, Lower Cretaceous Period (Lower Berriasian - Upper Barremian)
Locality: Niger, Africa
- Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Ceratosauria
- Further Reading
- Lapparent (1960). "Les dinosauriens du 'Continental intercalaire' du Sahara central." Mem. Soc. Geol. France. 88A:1-57.
Sereno, P.C., Wilson, J.A., & Conrad, J.L. 2004. New dinosaurs link southern landmasses in the Mid-Cretaceous. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 271: 1325-1330.
- Elaphrosaurus gautieri