Kaatedocus

Name: Kaatedocus ‭(‬small beam‭?)‬.
Phonetic: Kaat-e-doe-kus.
Named By: E.‭ ‬Tschopp‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Diplodocidae,‭ ‬Diplodocinae.‭
Species: K.‭ ‬siberi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long,‭ ‬though only the skull and some cervical vertebrae have survived a fire at the American Museum of Natural History.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Wyoming.
Time period: Kimmeridgian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and Cervical‭ (‬neck‭) ‬vertebrae.‭ ‬Other fossils once collected were destroyed in a fire.

       Fossils of Kaatedocus were first recovered in‭ ‬1934‭ ‬and subsequently assigned to the genus Barosaurus.‭ ‬Later study of the fossils revealed them to actually represent a distinct genus of diplodocid sauropod.


Further reading
-‭ ‬The skull and neck of a new flagellicaudatan sauropod from the Morrison Formation and its implication for the evolution and ontogeny of diplodocid dinosaurs.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Systematic Palaeontology:‭ ‬1.‭ ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Tschopp‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.







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