Nopcsaspondylus

Name: Nopcsaspondylus ‭(‬Nopsca’s vertebra‭)‬.
Phonetic: Nop-ska-spon-de-lus.
Named By: Sebastián Apesteguía‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Diplodocoidea,‭ ‬Rebbachisauridae.
Species: N.‭ ‬alarconensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Neuquén Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Candeleros Formation.
Time period: Coniacian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Dorsal‭ (‬back‭) ‬vertebra.

       The type specimen of Nopcsaspondylus,‭ ‬a dorsal vertebra,‭ ‬was first described by Franz Nopsca in‭ ‬1902,‭ ‬who referred it to the now dubious sauropod genus Bothriospondylus,‭ ‬quite surprising when you consider that the Bothriospondylus type material came from England.‭ ‬This vertebrae was renamed as Nopcsaspondylus in‭ ‬2007,‭ ‬with the identification that it represents part of a rebbachisaurid sauropod.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬Notizen über Cretacischen Dinosaurier.‭ ‬Pt.‭ ‬3.‭ ‬Wirbel eines südamerikanischen Sauropoden‭ [‬Notes on Cretaceous dinosaurs.‭ ‬Pt.‭ ‬Third vertebra of a South American sauropods‭]‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Akademie der Wissenschaften‭ ‬3:‭ ‬108‭–‬114.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Franz Nopcsa‭ ‬-‭ ‬1902.
-‭ ‬The sauropod diversity of the La Amarga Formation‭ (‬Barremian‭)‬,‭ ‬Neuquén‭ (‬Argentina‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Gondwana Research‭ ‬12‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬533‭–‬546.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Sebastián Apesteguía‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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