Dinheirosaurus

Name: Dinheirosaurus ‭(‬Porto Dineheiro lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Din-hy-roe-sore-us.
Named By: J.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Bonaparte‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Diplodocidae,‭ ‬Diplodocinae.
Species: D.‭ ‬lourinhanensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain, but roughly estimated to be about 25 meters long.
Known locations: Portugal‭ ‬-‭ ‬Camadas de Alcobaca Formation.
Time period: Kimmeridgian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains including ribs,‭ ‬vertebrae and limbs.

       Fossils of Dinheirosaurus were first treated as belonging to Lourinhasaurus until new study ascertained that they were of a different genus.‭ ‬For some time afterwards there was still speculation that this was a mistake and that Dinheirosaurus should be regarded as a synonym to Lourinhasaurus,‭ ‬but even further study has now established without doubt that the two genera are definitely separate.‭ ‬Dinheirosaurus is regarded as being a diplodocid sauropod,‭ ‬similar to‭ ‬the North American genus Diplodocus.‭ ‬Lourinhasaurus however is regarded as being similar to Camarasaurus,‭ ‬a very different kind of sauropod.‭ ‬As a diplodocid,‭ ‬Dinheirosaurus was probably best suited to browsing upon‭ ‬low growing vegetation from above rather than reaching up into the trees.


Further reading
-‭ ‬A new diplodocid,‭ ‬Dinheirosaurus lourinhanensis gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬from the Late Jurassic beds of Portugal,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Bonaparte‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.




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