Seitaad

Name: Seitaad ‭(‬After a mythological sand monster from Navajo culture‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sy-tad.
Named By: Joseph J.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Sertich‭ & ‬Mark A.‭ ‬Loewen‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Massopoda.
Species: S.‭ ‬ruessi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbiore.
Size: Around‭ ‬4.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA‭ ‬-‭ ‬Utah‭ ‬-‭ ‬Navajo Sandstone.
Time period: Pleinsbachian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Articulated partial skeleton,‭ ‬but the skull is still unknown.

       Described from a partial skeleton,‭ ‬Seitaad is one of the few North American sauropodomorphs currently known.‭ ‬It is widely believed that the individual that is now the Seitaad holotype was buried in a landslide from a collapsing sand dune,‭ ‬and hence this is the inspiration for the genus name.

Further reading
-A New Basal Sauropodomorph Dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone of Southern Utah. Joseph J. W. Sertich & Mark A. Loewen - 2010. (Available here)
-Dispersal and diversity in the earliest North American sauropodomorph dinosaurs, with a description of a new taxon. Timothy B. Rowe, Hans-Dieter Sues & Robert R. Reisz - 2010. (Available here)



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