Name: Rebbachisaurus ‭(‬Rebbach lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Reb-bok-e-sore-us.
Named By: R.‭ ‬Lavocat‭ ‬-‭ ‬1954.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Diplodocoidea,‭ ‬Rebbachisauridae.
Species: R.‭ ‬garasbae‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬tamesnensis?
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: ‭U‬p to about‭ ‬20‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Africa,‭ ‬Morocco‭ ‬-‭ ‬Aoufous Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Remains of several individuals.

       One of the most notable details of Rebbachisaurus are the tall neural spines of the vertebrae,‭ ‬which either stood proud from the back,‭ ‬or supported a sail or hump that ran along the spine.‭ ‬Aside from this Rebbachisaurus was a‭ ‬fairly generic diplodocid sauropod with a large build,‭ ‬long neck and whip-like tail.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬the discovery of another very similar genus of sauropod called Rayososaurus in Argentina has raised the notion that South America and Africa may have been joined by a land bridge for longer than previously thought.‭ ‬The idea of the two being joined has always been around,‭ ‬since the two continents seem to have almost matching types of dinosaurs‭ (‬for example,‭ ‬spinosaurids and carcharodontosaurids‭) ‬during the Early Cretaceous.‭ ‬If the two continents were joined for longer,‭ ‬then that raises the possibility for what may one day be found in a place like South America which was for a long time assumed to have been completely isolated from the other continents early on in the Cretaceous.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Sur les dinosauriens du Continental Intercalaire des Kem-Kem de la Daoura‭ [‬On the dinosaurs from the Continental Intercalaire of the Kem Kem of the Doura‭]‬,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Lavocat‭ ‬-‭ ‬1954.
- Rebbachisaurus tessonei sp. nov. A new sauropod from the Albian-Cenomanian of Argentina; new evidence on the origin of the Diplodocidae. - GAlA No 11, pp. 13-33. - G. O. Calvo & L. Salgado - 1995.
- Osteology of Rebbachisaurus garasbae Lavocat, 1954, a diplodocoid (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the early Late Cretaceous–aged Kem Kem beds of southeastern Morocco. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 35 (4). - J. A. Wilson & R. Allain - 2015.


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