Tazoudasaurus

Name: Tazoudasaurus ‭(‬Tazouda lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ta-zoo-dah-sore-us.
Named By: Ronan Allain,‭ ‬Najat Aquesbi,‭ ‬Jean Dejax,‭ ‬Christian Meyer,‭ ‬Michel Monbaron,‭ ‬Christian Montenat,‭ ‬Philippe Richir,‭ ‬Mohammed Rochdy,‭ ‬Dale Russell,‭ ‬Philippe Taquet‭ & ‬M'ghari Moha‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Vulcanodontidae.
Species: T.‭ ‬naimi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Morocco‭ ‬-‭ ‬Toundoute Group.
Time period: Pliensbachian to Toarcian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of an adult and juvenile.

       A close relative to Vulcanodon,‭ ‬Tazoudasaurus was quite a bit larger than its more famous cousin,‭ ‬though still small when compared to many of the sauropods of the late Jurassic.‭ ‬Also,‭ ‬although known only from partial remains,‭ ‬Tazoudasaurus is still represented by the most complete early Jurassic sauropod remains known.‭ ‬V-shaped wear patterns present on the teeth of Tazoudasaurus indicate that food was primarily processed when in the mouth,‭ ‬particularly between the teeth upper and lower teeth which ground against each other.
       Tazoudasaurus was named after the Tazouda locality of Morocco,‭ ‬while the species name is the latinized version of the Arabic word for slender,‭ ‬a reference to the lightweight physique of this dinosaur.‭ ‬A possible predator of Tazoudasaurus could be the theropod dinosaur Berberosaurus,‭ ‬fossils of which have been found nearby the fossils of Tazoudasaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A basal sauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of Morocco‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ronan Allain,‭ ‬Najat Aquesbi,‭ ‬Jean Dejax,‭ ‬Christian Meyer,‭ ‬Michel Monbaron,‭ ‬Christian Montenat,‭ ‬Philippe Richir,‭ ‬Mohammed Rochdy,‭ ‬Dale Russell,‭ ‬Philippe Taquet‭ & ‬M'ghari Moha‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.



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