Karongasaurus

Name: Karongasaurus ‭(‬Karonga lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ka-rong-ah-sore-us.
Named By: Elizabeth M Gomani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria.
Species: K.‭ ‬gittelmani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to incomplete remains.
Known locations: Malawi‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dinosaur Beds Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial mandible‭ (‬lower jaw‭) ‬and teeth.

       Although named from only partial remains,‭ ‬Karongasaurus is truly a dinosaur genus of the information age since its description was the first to be published solely online.‭ ‬The genus name Karongasaurus is in reference to the Karonga district of Malawi combined with the Ancient Greek for‭ ‘‬lizard‭’‬.‭ ‬The species name is in honour of Steve Gittelman.
       The mandible that makes up the holotype‭ (‬Mal-175‭) ‬hints that the skull of Karongasaurus would have been quite long.‭ ‬There has been past speculation that this mandible may actually be from a juvenile of another genus of called Malawisaurus,‭ ‬another sauropod that has been named from the same formation as Karongasaurus.‭ ‬However Malawisaurus has a skull that is proportionately quite short,‭ ‬so unless it is proven that the mandible of Karongasaurus is from something like a juvenile Malawisaurus,‭ ‬which had yet to change into adult form,‭ ‬the two genera are likely to remain regarded as separate.

Further reading
- Sauropod Dinosaurs from the Early Cretaceous of Malawi, Africa, Elizabeth M Gomani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.



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