I Know Dino Podcast Present Notes: Lusotitan (Episode 146)

Episode 146 is all about Lusotitan, a brachiosaurid that lived within the Late Jurassic in what’s now Portugal.

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The dinosaur of the day: Lusotitan

  • Sauropod that lived within the Late Jurassic in what’s now Portugal
  • Identify means “Lusitania titan”
  • Identify Luso refers to an inhabitant of Lusitania, “an historic area that partly corresponds to Portugal”
  • Kind species is Lusotitan atalaiensis
  • Species identify refers back to the web site the place it was discovered, Atalaia
  • Discovered within the Lourinhã Formation in 1947. Manuel de Matos, who was a part of the Geological Survey of Portugal, discovered giant sauropod fossils there. Then in 1957 Albert-Félix de Lapparent and Georges Zbyszewski named these fossils Brachiosaurus atalaiensis
  • Synonym to Brachiosaurus atalaiensis
  • Lusotitan is taken into account to be a brachiosaurid (due to its low neural spines, elongated humerus, lengthy forelimbs, and different options), although the cranium shouldn’t be recognized (however most likely just like different brachiosaurid skulls)
  • In 2003 Octávio Mateus‭ and ‬Miguel Telles Antunes renamed it as a separate genus, Lusotitan
  • De Lapparent didn’t assign a holotype, so in 2003 Mateus selected the skeleton because the lectotype
  • They selected probably the most full particular person to be the lectotype
  • Mannion and others redescribed the Lusotitan lectotype in 2013
  • Fossils discovered embody a partial skeleton (no cranium) and particular person vertebrae present in a couple of areas
  • The Lourinhã Formation was a coastal area, with related vegetation and animals because the Morrison Formation within the U.S., and the Tendaguru Formation in Tanzania
  • Lusotitan is the most important recognized dinosaur from its habitat
  • About 82 ft (25 m) lengthy
  • Different dinosaurs that lived within the space embody theropods Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Lourinhanosaurus, Torvosaurus, ankylosaur Dracopelta, diplodocid sauropods Supersaurus, Lourinhasaurus, Zby, and stegosaurs Dacentrurus, Miragaia

Enjoyable Truth:

In contrast to Cope & Marsh who died once they have been 50s & 60s, Charles Sternberg lived till his 90s.

He additionally found a “mummy” hadrosaur with all 3 of his residing sons (who all pursued vertebrate paleontology)

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