Atlasaurus

Name: Atlasaurus ‭(‬Atlas lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: At-las-sore-us.
Named By: Monbaron,‭ ‬Russell,‭ & ‬Taquet‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda.
Species: A.‭ ‬imelakei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Morocco‭ ‬-‭ ‬Guettioua Formation.
Time period: Bathonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skeleton and skull.

       Atlasaurus was named after the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.‭ ‬These in turn were named after the Titan Atlas who in Greek Mythology was said to hold up the sky.‭ ‬The species name A.‭ ‬imelakei comes from the Arabic Imelake,‭ ‬the name of a giant.
       Atlasaurus was once treated as a fairly primitive sauropod similar to genera like Cetiosaurus,‭ ‬but more modern analysis has seen Atlasaurus to have been similar to Brachiosaurus.‭ ‬Atlasaurus however is seems as having a larger head,‭ ‬shorter neck,‭ ‬longer tail and more elongated limbs than Brachiosaurus.‭ ‬Atlasaurus had teeth that are similar to some of its relatives in that they were spatulate in form with denticles.‭ ‬These would have cropped high growing vegetation which was then swallowed.

Further reading
- Atlasaurus imelakei n.g.,‭ ‬n.sp.,‭ ‬a brachiosaurid-like sauropod from the Middle Jurassic of Morocco‭ ‬-‭ ‬Monbaron,‭ ‬Russell,‭ & ‬Taquet‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.



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