Cathartesaura

Name: Cathartesaura ‭(‬Cathartes lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kaf-art-e-sore-rah.
Named By: Pablo A.‭ ‬Gallina‭ & ‬Sebastián Apesteguía‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Diplodocoidea,‭ ‬Rebbachisauridae.
Species: ‭ ‬C.‭ ‬anaerobica‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Rio Negro Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Huincul Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton including limbs and vertebrae.

       The name of the dinosaur Cathartesaura can be quite confusing.‭ ‬Broken 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,‭ ‬the 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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.



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