Named By: Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurichia, Sauropoda, Turiasauria.
Species: G. herreroi (type).
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.
was very nearly named Galvesaurus because not one
but two descriptions
for this sauropod
dinosaur were published very close to one another.
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
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.
- 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.