Name: Lourinhasaurus ‭(‬Lourinha lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lore-in-ha-sore-us.
Named By: P.‭ ‬Dantas,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Sanz,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Silva,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ortega,‭ ‬V.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Santos‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬Cachao‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
Synonyms: Apatosaurus alenquerensis,‭ ‬Atlantosaurus alenquerensis,‭ ‬Camarasaurus alenquerensis.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Eusauropoda, Macronaria, Camarasauridae.
Species: L.‭ ‬alenquerensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated to be about‭ ‬17‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Portugal.
Time period: Late Kimmeridgian/Early Tithonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Several individuals,‭ ‬but usually represented only by partial remains.

       Fossils of Lourinhasaurus were first‭ ‬described in‭ ‬1957,‭ ‬but were initially thought to be a species of Apatosaurus.‭ ‬A second individual described in‭ ‬1983‭ ‬led to the notion that the fossils were not of a new species but an entirely new genus.‭ ‬Fossils of Lourinhasaurus have also previously been labelled as species of the genera Atlantosaurus and Camarasaurus.‭ ‬Another genus of sauropod from Portugal called Dinheirosaurus has been previously considered to be a synonym of Lourinhasaurus,‭ ‬though modern study has identified these two genera as being separate.
       Lourinhasaurus was a late Jurassic era sauropod that seems to have been quite common in Western Europe during the Jurassic,‭ ‬since it is known by the remains of several individuals.‭ ‬Although initial classification as a species of Apatosaurus may lead some to assume Lourinhasaurus was like other diplodocids,‭ ‬later studies have suggested that Lourinhasaurus was actually more like Camarasaurus in form.‭ ‬This means that Lourinhasaurus was likely more suited to the life of a high browser.
       Lourinhasaurus should not be confused with the very similarly named Lourinhanosaurus,‭ ‬a very different kind of theropod dinosaur to the sauropod that Lourinhasaurus was.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Lourinhasaurus n.‭ ‬gen.‭ ‬Novo dinosaurio sauropode do Juassico superior‭ (‬Kimeridgiano superior-Titoniano inferior‭) ‬de Portugal‭ [‬Lourinhasaurus n.‭ ‬gen.‭ ‬New sauropod dinosaur from the Upper Jurassic‭ (‬upper Kimmeridgian-lower Tithonian‭) ‬of Portugal‭]‬,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Dantas,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Sanz,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Silva,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ortega,‭ ‬V.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Santos‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬Cachao‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
- New approach to Lourinhasaurus alenquerensis (Macronaria, Camarasauromorpha) from the Portuguese Upper Jurassic, by P. Mocho, R. Royo-Torres & F. Ortega. - In, Abstract book of the VI International Symposium about Dinosaurs Palaeontology and their Environment: 91-92. - F. Torcida Fernández-Baldor & P. Huerta (Eds.) - 2013.
- Phylogenetic reassessment of Lourinhasaurus alenquerensis, a basal Macronaria (Sauropoda) from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal. - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 170: 875–916. - P. Mocho, R. Royo-Torres & F. Ortega - 2014.


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