Named By: Pablo A. Gallina & Sebastián Apesteguía - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropoda, Diplodocoidea, Rebbachisauridae.
Species: C. anaerobica (type).
Known locations: Argentina, Rio Negro Province - Huincul Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton including limbs and vertebrae.
name of the dinosaur Cathartesaura can be quite
down it can read as ‘Cathartes lizard’, with ‘Cathartes’ a
reference to the Cathartes genus which includes the
modern day turkey
vulture. The full genus and species name of the Turkey vulture
however is Cathartes aura, and when you remove
the space between the
genus and species name you are actually left with Cathartesaura,
name of this dinosaur genus. The species name is in honour of the
ANAEROBICOS S. A. corporation which provided field and laboratory
support for the team working upon the Cathartesaura.
Cathartesaura has been identified as a rebacchisaurid sauropod dinosaur upon the basis of vertebrae similarity with other rebacchisaurids. The rebacchisaurids themselves were a sub group of the diplodocoid sauropods, though with the exception of the rebbachisaurids these all seem to have died out during the early Cretaceous, and the only representatives of the Diplodoidea that are known to have survived into the late Cretaceous are the rebbachisaurids.
Cathartesaura is known from the Huincal Formation of Argentina. This is the same formation that the colossal Argentinosaurus, a titanosaur that was many times larger than Cathartesaura, is known from. Potential predatory threats to Cathartesaura could have come from many dinosaurs, including the abelisaurids Skorpiovenator and Ilokelesia as well as the carcharodontosaurid Mapusaurus.
- Cathartesaura anaerobica gen. et sp. nov., a new rebbachisaurid (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Huincul Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Río Negro, Argentina. - Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, n.s. 7(2): 153-166. - Pablo A. Gallina & Sebastián Apesteguía - 2005.