Name: Ledumahadi (giant thunderclap).
Phonetic: Le-du-mah-had-e.
Named By: B.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬McPhee,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benson,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Botha-Brink,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Bordy,‭ ‬J.‭ & ‬N.‭ ‬Choiniere‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Lessemsauridae.
Species: L.‭ ‬mafube‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: ‭Estimated about 10 meters long.
Known locations: South Africa,‭ ‬Free State Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elliot Formation.
Time period: Hettangian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Ledumahadi is a lessemsaurid sauropod dinosaur that lived in South Africa during the early Jurassic.‭ ‬As a member of‭ ‬the Lessemsauridae,‭ ‬Ledumahadi would have been similar to other lessemsaurid genera such as Antetonitrus,‭ ‬Lessemsaurus and Ingentia.‭ ‬Like these genera,‭ ‬Ledumahadi was not so much‭ ‬long,‭ ‬but very stocky,‭ ‬with especially well built forelimbs.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Giant Dinosaur from the Earliest Jurassic of South Africa and the Transition to Quadrupedality in Early Sauropodomorphs.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Current Biology‭ ‬28:1-9.‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬McPhee,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benson,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Botha-Brink,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Bordy,‭ ‬J.‭ & ‬N.‭ ‬Choiniere‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.


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