Lamplughsaura

Name: Lamplughsaura ‭(‬Lamplugh’s lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lam-plu-sore-ah.
Named By: T.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Kutty,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Chatterjee,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Galton and P.‭ ‬Upchurch‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda‭?
Species: L.‭ ‬dharmaramensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬10‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dharmaram Formation.
Time period: Sinemurian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeletons of several individuals.

       Living in India during the early Jurassic,‭ ‬the dinosaur Lamplughsaura has been the source of some head scratching amongst palaeontologists.‭ ‬The two main options at the moment are that either Lamplughsaura represents a very advanced sauropodomorph,‭ ‬or a primitive sauropod dinosaur.‭ ‬What can be established however is that Lamplughsaura does represent a transitional form that illustrates the link between sauropodomorph ancestors and sauropod descendents.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬at the time of writing transitional forms such as Lamplughsaura only exist in small numbers,‭ ‬and there is still much to be learnt before a more confident taxonomic assignment can be made about Lamplughsaura.
       Lamplughsaura was named in honour of Pamela Lamplugh,‭ ‬the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute‭ (‬which itself has a dinosaur called Isisaurus named after it‭)‬,‭ ‬and because Pamela Lamplugh is a woman,‭ ‬the feminine‭ ‘‬saura‭' ‬was chosen for the ending of the named instead of the more usual‭ ‘‬saurus‭'‬,‭ ‬which is masculine.‭ ‬The type species name dharmaramensis more simply means‭ ‘‬from Dharmaram‭’‬,‭ ‬a reference to the Dharmaram Formation where the holotype fossils were discovered.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Basal sauropodomorphs‭ (‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia‭) ‬from the Lower Jurassic of India:‭ ‬their anatomy and relationships.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Paleontology‭ ‬81‭(‬6‭)‬:1552-1574.‭ ‬-‭ ‬T.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Kutty,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Chatterjee,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Galton and P.‭ ‬Upchurch‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.





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