Named By: Galvesaurus named by J. I. Barco, J. L. Canudo, G. Cuenca-Bescós & J. I. Ruíz-Omeñaca - 2005. Galveosaurus named by Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurichia, Sauropoda, Turiasauria.
Species: G. herreroi (type).
Size: About 16 meters long.
Known locations: Spain - Villar del Arzobispo Formation.
Time period: Tithonian/Berriasian (Jurassic/Cretaceous) boundary.
Fossil representation: Partial remains including limbs, pelvis and vertebrae.
name of this dinosaur has been the subsect of continuing controversy,
being regarded as either Galvesaurus or Galveosaurus.
because the holotype fossils of this dinosaur were named in two
differing papers by two separate papers, published in a short space
of time to one another. Reasons and accusations have been made by
both camps, and at the time of writing both spellings can appear.
When this dinosaur was first entered here Galveosaurus
seemed to be
the more common version in usage, but the reader is asked to be aware
that while Galveosaurus may continue to be used
here in places, the
alternative spelling of Galvesaurus is preferred by
Galveosaurus has been identified as a member of the Turiasauria, indicating that the genus was more closely related to genera such as Turiasaurus, Zby and Losillasaurus. All in all Galveosaurus seems to have been a mid-sized sauropod dinosaur, that was pretty average for the European continent which during the late Jurassic/early Cretaceous was more like a group of islands rather than a single continental landmass (though genera such as Turiasaurus are known to have grown much bigger). In addition to the smaller size of Galveosaurus, the bones are also noted as being quite gracile indicating that Galveosaurus would have also been lightly built. Possible predatory threats to Galveosaurus would likely include large predatory theropod dinosaurs similar to Torvosaurus, which is known from late Jurassic aged deposits in nearby Portugal.
- Galveosaurus herreroi, a new sauropod dinosaur from Villar del Arzobispo Formation (Tithonian-Berriasian) of Spain. - Zootaxa 1034: 1–20. - Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández - 2005.
- Un nuevo dinosaurio saurópodo, Galvesaurus herreroi gen. nov., sp. nov., del tránsito Jurásico-Cretácico en Galve (Teruel, NE de España). - Naturaleza Aragonesa 15: 4-17. - J. I. Barco, J. L. Canudo, G. Cuenca-Bescós & J. I. Ruíz-Omeñaca - 2005.
- The new sauropod from Spain: Galveosaurus or Galvesaurus? - Zootaxa - Bárbara Sánchez-Hernández - 2006.
- On the phylogenetic position of the sauropod
Galvesaurus, and other reflections. - V Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios y su entorno. - J. L. Barco & J. I. Canudo - 2012.
- New contributions to the phylogenetic position of the sauropod Galvesaurus herreroi from the late Kimmeridgian-early Tithonian (Jurassic) of Teruel (Spain). - Boletín Geológico y Minero. 130 (3): 375–392. - M. Pérez-Pueyo, M. Moreno-Azanza, J. L. Barco & J. I. Canudo - 2019.