Abditosaurus

Name: Abditosaurus ‭(‬forgotten lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ab-di-to-sor-us.
Named By: Bernat Vila,‭ ‬Albert Sellés,‭ ‬Miguel Moreno-Azanza,‭ ‬Novella L.‭ ‬Razzolini,‭ ‬Alejandro Gil-Delgado,‭ ‬José Ignacio Canudo‭ & ‬Àngel Galobart‭ ‬-‭ ‬2022.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Lithostrotia,‭ ‬Saltasauridae,‭ ‬Saltasaurinae.
Species: A.‭ ‬kuehnei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Holotype roughly estimated to have been around‭ ‬17.5meters long.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tremp group/Conques Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton.




       Fossils of Abditosaurus were originally discovered in‭ ‬1954‭ ‬and then described in‭ ‬1956‭ ‬as belonging to Hypselosaurus.‭ ‬Further study later in the twentieth century however began to see the Hypselosaurus‭ ‬genus‭ ‬as a dubious one,‭ ‬and many fossils that were assigned to new genera.‭ ‬A fresh expedition to the‭ ‬1954‭ ‬discovery site between‭ ‬2012‭ ‬and‭ ‬2014‭ ‬discovered additional‭ ‬fossil remains that were‭ ‬then described in‭ ‬2017.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2022‭ ‬a new genus,‭ ‬Abditosaurus,‭ ‬was erected to include these fossils.
       Abditosaurus is a genus of titanosaurian dinosaur that lived in Western Europe during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬More specifically Abditosaurus is a saltasaurine titanosaur.‭ ‬One key discovery about Abditosaurus is that the neck and back vertebrae were found partially articulated,‭ ‬a rare discovery in sauropods/titanosaurs.‭ ‬The estimated size of the Abditosaurus holotype has revealed this dinosaur to have been quite large when compared to other European titanosaur genera‭ (‬e.g.‭ ‬Magyarosaurus‭) ‬living in the Late Cretaceous.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Présence de Dinosauriens dans le Crétacé supérieur du bassin de Tremp‭ (‬province de Lérida,‭ ‬Espagne‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Compte rendu sommaire des séances de la Société géologique de France.‭ ‬14:‭ ‬261‭–‬262‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬de Lapparent‭ & ‬E.‭ ‬Aguirre‭ ‬-‭ ‬1956.
-‭ ‬Systematic study of the historical material of Upper Cretaceous reptiles from the Tremp Basin‭ (‬Catalonia,‭ ‬Spain‭) ‬housed at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales‭ (‬Madrid‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Iberian Geology.‭ ‬43‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬217‭–‬233‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Martín Jiménez,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Sánchez-Chillón,‭ ‬Fernando Escaso,‭ ‬Pedro Mocho,‭ ‬Iván Narváez,Francisco Ortega‭ & ‬Adán Pérez-García‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
-‭ ‬A titanosaurian sauropod with Gondwanan affinities in the latest Cretaceous of Europe.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature Ecology‭ & ‬Evolution.‭ ‬6‭ (‬3‭)‬:‭ ‬288‭–‬296.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bernat Vila,‭ ‬Albert Sellés,‭ ‬Miguel Moreno-Azanza,‭ ‬Novella L.‭ ‬Razzolini,‭ ‬Alejandro Gil-Delgado,‭ ‬José Ignacio Canudo‭ & ‬Àngel Galobart‭ ‬-‭ ‬2022.



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