Erketu

Name: Erketu ‭(‬after a Mongolian deity‭)‬.
Phonetic: Er-ke-tu.
Named By: Daniel T.‭ ‬Ksepka‭ & ‬Mark A.‭ ‬Norell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauriformes.
Species: E.‭ ‬ellisoni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain but roughly estimated to have been about‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Baynshire Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton,‭ ‬composed mostly of neck vertebrae and partial hind limbs.

       Erketu is a genus of sauropod that is noted for having a very long neck in proportion to the rest of the body.‭ ‬So extreme was this neck that it likely took up at least half of the total body length.‭ ‬Despite this,‭ ‬other genera such as Mamenchisaurus may have had an even greater neck length in proportion to the body.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Erketu ellisoni,‭ ‬a long-necked sauropod from Bor Guvé‭ (‬Dornogov Aimag,‭ ‬Mongolia‭) ‬-‭ ‬American Museum Novitates‭ ‬3508:‭ ‬1-16‭ ‬-‭ ‬Daniel T.‭ ‬Ksepka‭ & ‬Mark A.‭ ‬Norell‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.



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