Fukuititan

Name: Fukuititan ‭(‬Fukui titan‭)‬.
Phonetic: Fu-ku-e-ty-tan.
Named By: Yoichi Azuma‭ & ‬Masateru Shibata‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauriforms.
Species: F.‭ ‬nipponensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬10‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Japan,‭ ‬Fukui Prefecture‭ ‬-‭ ‬Kitadani Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Fukuititan is the first ever sauropod dinosaur known to have lived in what is now Japan.‭ ‬The holotype individual of Fukuititan seems to have been fairly small in terms of overall sauropod sizes,‭ ‬and may be a reflection of living upon a smaller land mass.‭ ‬Based upon similarity between the caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae,‭ ‬Fukuititan has been considered as possibly being related to Borealosaurus from China,‭ ‬which in turn has been considered as a potential relative of Opisthocoelicaudia.
       Fukuititan translates as‭ ‘‬Fukui titan‭’ ‬a combination of being named after Fukui prefecture and the Ancient Greek titan which is commonly used for naming sauropod dinosaurs of the titanosaurid lineage.‭ ‬The species name nipponensis more simply means‭ ‘‬from Japan‭’‬.‭ ‬Fukuititan likely shared the same habitat as other dinosaurs such as the hadrosaur Fukuisaurus and the megaraptoran theropod‭ ‬Fukuiraptor,‭ ‬while remains of Psittacosaurus also seem to be within the formation.‭ ‬Aside from these more derived fossils,‭ ‬indeterminate fossils of dromaeosaurs,‭ ‬other sauropods and ornithopod dinosaurs are also known,‭ ‬as well as dinosaur eggs and track‭ ‬ways of various kinds of dinosaurs.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Fukuititan nipponensis,‭ ‬a new titanosauriform sauropod from the Early Cretaceous Tetori Group of Fukui Prefecture,‭ ‬Japan.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Acta Geologica Sinica‭ ‬84‭(‬3‭)‬:454-462.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yoichi Azuma‭ & ‬Masateru Shibata‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.



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