Name: Tambatitanis ‭(‬Tamba titan‭)‬.
Phonetic: Tam-bah-ty-tan-iss.
Named By: H.‭ ‬Saegusa‭ & ‬T.‭ ‬Ikeda‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodoa,‭ ‬Macronaria.
Species: T.‭ ‬amicitiae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Japan,‭ ‬Hyōgo Prefecture‭ ‬-‭ ‬Sasayama Group.
Time period: Lower Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Braincase and partial post cranial skeletal remains.

       Named after the city of Tamba in Japan,‭ ‬Tambatitanis is a genus of titanosaur that lived in what is now Japan during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬Though so far only known from partial remains,‭ ‬the anterior caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae of the holotype specimen have already caused a stir amongst palaeontologists because the neural spines of the vertebrae which usually just point upwards in other dinosaurs,‭ ‬actually curve around to face forwards.‭ ‬Why the neural spines should do this is not yet fully known,‭ ‬but the unusual shape of the vertebrae may have allowed for an altered musculature that enabled Tambatitanis to move their tails around in a different manner or even range of motion.‭ ‬This in turn might mean a lifestyle where the tail was used more,‭ ‬perhaps to signal other members of the same species.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new titanosauriform sauropod‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Saurischia‭) ‬from the Lower Cretaceous of Hyogo,‭ ‬Japan.‭ ‬Zootaxa‭ ‬3848‭(‬1‭)‬:1-66.‭ ‬-‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Saegusa‭ & ‬T.‭ ‬Ikeda‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.


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