Demandasaurus

Name: Demandasaurus ‭(‬Demanda lizard,‭ ‬a reference to the Sierra de la Demanda‭).
Phonetic: Dee-man-dah-sore-us.
Named By: Fidel Torcida Fernández-Baldor,‭ ‬Jose Ignacio Canudo,‭ ‬Pedro Huerta,‭ ‬Diego Montero,‭ ‬Xabier Pereda Suberbiola‭ & ‬Leonardo Salgado‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Diplodocoidea,‭ ‬Rebbachisauridae.
Species: D.‭ ‬darwini‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain,‭ ‬but estimated at somewhere between‭ ‬10‭ ‬and‭ ‬12‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Spain,‭ ‬Burgos Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Castrillo la Reina Formation.
Time period: Late Barremian to Early Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial cranial and post cranial skeletal remains.

       Although Demandasaurus is not represented by a lot of complete fossil material,‭ ‬it has been identified as a rebbachisaurid sauropod.‭ ‬As a rebbachisaurid,‭ ‬Demandasaurus was a form of diplodocid sauropod,‭ ‬and an offshoot of the Dicraeosaurinae.‭ ‬Demandasaurus would have course been related to the type genus of the Rebbachisauridae,‭ ‬Rebbachisaurus,‭ ‬but it has also been popularly considered to be related to the North African genus Nigersaurus.
       The genus name Demandasaurus is a reference to the Sierra de la Demanda,‭ ‬a mountain sub-range of the Iberian Peninsula.‭ ‬The species name D.‭ ‬darwini is in honour of Charles Darwin,‭ ‬the progenitor of modern evolutionary theory.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Demandasaurus darwini,‭ ‬a new rebbachisaurid sauropod from the Early Cretaceous of the Iberian Peninsula,‭ ‬Fidel Torcida Fernández-Baldor,‭ ‬Jose Ignacio Canudo,‭ ‬Pedro Huerta,‭ ‬Diego Montero,‭ ‬Xabier Pereda Suberbiola‭ & ‬Leonardo Salgado‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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