Kotasaurus

Name: Kotasaurus ‭(‬Kota lizard‭).
Phonetic: Koe-tah-sore-us.
Named By: P.‭ ‬Yadagiri‭ ‬-‭ ‬2001.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda.
Species: K.‭ ‬yamanpalliensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Kota Formation.
Time period: Sinemurian/Pliensbachian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skeletal remains of at least‭ ‬12‭ ‬individuals,‭ ‬though the skull is unknown.

       In a nutshell Kotasaurus is one of the most primitive sauropod dinosaurs discovered.‭ ‬So primitive is Kotasaurus that the genus still possesses features that are known in sauropodomorph dinosaurs.‭ ‬This led to a lot of initial confusion over whether Kotasaurus was an advanced sauropodomorph,‭ ‬or a primitive sauropod,‭ ‬though today the interpretation of Kotasaurus as a very primitive sauropod holds greater favour amongst palaeontologists.
       The first fossils of Kotasaurus were found in the Kota Formation,‭ ‬and hence the name of the genus which means‭ ‘‬Kota lizard‭'‬.‭ ‬Another sauropod dinosaur named Barapasaurus is also known from this formation,‭ ‬though Kotasaurus is significantly more primitive in overall form than Barapasaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new sauropod Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis from Lower Jurassic Kota Formation of India.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Records of the Geological Survey of India‭ ‬11:102-127.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Yadagiri‭ ‬-‭ ‬1988.
-‭ ‬The osteology of Kotasaurus yamanpalliensis,‭ ‬a sauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Kota Formation of India.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬21‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬242‭–‬252.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Yadagiri‭ ‬-‭ ‬2001.



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