Galveosaurus

Name: Galveosaurus ‭(‬Galve lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Gal-vee-oh-sore-us.
Named By: Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Synonyms: Galvesaurus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurichia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Turiasauria.
Species: G.‭ ‬herreroi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬16‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Villar del Arzobispo Formation.
Time period: Tithonian/Berriasian‭ (‬Jurassic/Cretaceous‭) ‬boundary.
Fossil representation: Partial remains including limbs,‭ ‬pelvis and vertebrae.

       Galveosaurus was very nearly named Galvesaurus because not one but two descriptions for this sauropod dinosaur were published very close to one another.‭ ‬This all came down to holotype remains which were in storage in the Spanish Paleontological Museum of Galve.‭ ‬An independent palaeontologist named Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández published a paper describing the remains as Galveosaurus in August‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬while a team composed of J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Barco,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Canudo,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Cuenca-Bescós and J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Ruíz-Omeñaca published an alternate paper with the remains named as Galvesaurus.‭ ‬This team said that the date of their paper was the‭ ‬1st July‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬however they were actually beaten upon a technicality
       Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández published her paper in Zootaxa and is credited with a publication date of August‭ ‬11th‭ ‬2005.‭ ‬Barco et al published their paper in Naturaleza Aragonesa and even though they claimed July‭ ‬1st as the publication date,‭ ‬the‭ ‬actual‭ ‬publication date of that issue of Naturaleza Aragonesa was credited as July‭ ‬15th‭ ‬-‭ ‬December‭ ‬2005.‭ ‬Later in‭ ‬2006‭ ‬Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández pointed out articles‭ ‬21‭ ‬and‭ ‬23‭ ‬of the ICZN‭ (‬the international commission that governs the naming of species and genera‭) ‬the paper by Barco et al could only be credited as the‭ ‬31st of December‭ ‬2005.‭ ‬It is because of this technicality that Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández is credited as the person who named Galveosaurus,‭ ‬and that Galvesaurus is preserved as a synonym to Galveosaurus.
       Galveosaurus has been identified as a member of the Turiasauria,‭ ‬indicating that the genus was more closely related to genera such as Turiasaurus,‭ ‬Zby and Losillasaurus.‭ ‬All in all Galveosaurus seems to have been a mid-sized sauropod dinosaur,‭ ‬that was pretty average for the European continent which during the late Jurassic/early Cretaceous was more like a group of islands rather than a single continental landmass‭ (‬though genera such as Turiasaurus are known to have grown much bigger‭)‬.‭ ‬In addition to the smaller size of Galveosaurus,‭ ‬the bones are also noted as being quite gracile indicating that Galveosaurus would have also been lightly built.‭ ‬Possible predatory threats to Galveosaurus would likely include large predatory theropod dinosaurs similar to Torvosaurus,‭ ‬which is known from late Jurassic aged deposits in nearby Portugal.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Galveosaurus herreroi,‭ ‬a new sauropod dinosaur from Villar del Arzobispo Formation‭ (‬Tithonian-Berriasian‭) ‬of Spain.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zootaxa‭ ‬1034:‭ ‬1‭–‬20.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
-‭ ‬Un nuevo dinosaurio saurópodo,‭ ‬Galvesaurus herreroi gen.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬sp.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬del tránsito Jurásico-Cretácico en Galve‭ (‬Teruel,‭ ‬NE de España‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Naturaleza Aragonesa‭ ‬15:‭ ‬4-17.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Barco,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Canudo,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Cuenca-Bescós‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Ruíz-Omeñaca‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
-‭ ‬The new sauropod from Spain:‭ ‬Galveosaurus or Galvesaurus‭? ‬-‭ ‬Zootaxa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.



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