(Paluxy river lizard).
Named By: Peter J. Rose - 2007.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda.
Species: P. jonesi (type).
Size: Estimated 15 - 18 meters long.
Known locations: USA, Texas, Twin Mountains Formation, Hood County.
Time period: Aptian to Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Four individuals discovered in a bone bed.
reconstruction of Paluxysaurus gives it an outward
to that of Brachiosaurus,
although it is not a confirmed member of Brachiosauridae, and may in
fact belong to a different group.
Paluxysaurus may actually indicate a basal
lacks the defining features of the group. In identifying the remains,
Paluxysaurus has very characteristic vertebrae that
differ to all other
known sauropods, although Pleurocoelus has similar
vertebrae. There are
also other minor differences that can be identified in the other bones
Analysis of the Paluxysaurus bone bed indicates fluvial deposits suggesting that the individuals may have been caught together in a flood, further indicated by the presence of petrified logs that were possibly washed down river.