Leinkupal

Name: Leinkupal ‭(‬Vanishing family‭)‬.
Phonetic: Line-ku-pal.
Named By: P.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Gallina,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Apesteguía,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Haluza‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Canale‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.
Synonyms: Leikupal.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Diplodocidae,‭ ‬Diplodocinae.
Species: L.‭ ‬laticauda‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Holotype estimated to be about‭ ‬9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Aregentina,‭ ‬Neuquén Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bajada Colorada Formation.
Time period: Berriasian/Valanginian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Several Vertebrae.

       The name Leinkupal means‭ ‘‬vanishing family‭’‬,‭ ‬and this is a reference to the observation that the diplodocid sauropods seemed to have died out during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬Indeed,‭ ‬at the time of its description,‭ ‬Leinkupal seems to have been one of the last diplodocid sauropods known to live,‭ ‬though other types of sauropods,‭ ‬and particularly titanosaurs would continue.‭ ‬Leinkupal seems to have been a very small dinosaur for its kind,‭ ‬and may also be a possible relative of the genus Tornieria from Tanzania.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Diplodocid Sauropod Survivor from the Early Cretaceous of South America.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS ONE‭ ‬9‭ (‬5‭)‬:‭ ‬e97128.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Gallina,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Apesteguía,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Haluza‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Canale.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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