Cedarosaurus

Name: Cedarosaurus ‭(‬Cedar lizard-‭ ‬after the Cedar Mountain Formation‭)‬.
Phonetic: See-dah-roe-sore-us.
Named By: V.‭ ‬Tidwell,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Carpenter,‭ & ‬W.‭ ‬Brooks‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauriformes,‭ ‬Brachiosauridae.
Species: C.‭ ‬weiskopfae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Texas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paluxy Formation,‭ ‬Utah‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cedar Mountain Formation‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yellow Cat member.
Time period: Barremian to Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains of at least three individuals.

       The cedar mountain Formation is becoming increasingly well known for the presence of brachiosaurid sauropods,‭ ‬and aside from Cedarosaurus,‭ ‬Abydosaurus and Venenosaurus are also present in different Members.‭ ‬Another sauropod,‭ ‬Brontomerus is also known from the Cedar Mountain Formation.‭ ‬Cedarosaurus stands out from others by a number of features,‭ ‬but mainly the foreleg bones which are noted as being more gracile than the other genera there.
       As a brachiosaurid sauropod,‭ ‬Cedarosaurus was probably a browser of tall vegetation growing around the height of the tree canopy.‭ ‬This would have allowed it co-exist with other types of herbivorous‭ ‬dinosaurs such as ornithopod like Cedrorestes,‭ ‬Hippodraco and Iguanocolossus as well as armoured nodosaurs like Gastonia.
       A principal predator of Cedarosaurus may have been the large dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur Utahraptor,‭ ‬fossils for which have been in the same areas dating from roughly the same time as Cedarosaurus.‭ ‬Bigger threats may have also come from large carcharodontosaurid theropods similar to Acrocanthosaurus which would have been roaming around what would become the United States back in the early Cretaceous.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬New sauropod from the Lower Cretaceous of Utah,‭ ‬USA,‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Tidwell,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Carpenter,‭ & ‬W.‭ ‬Brooks‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.



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