sexta-feira, 18 de julho de 2008

Trigonosaurus pricei

Trigonosaurus pricei Kellner, Bertini & Santucci, 2006

Place: Marilia Formation, Peirópolis, Minas Gerais State
Time: Late Cretaceous
Art (Modelling)
: Maurílio de Oliveira
CAMPOS, D.A.; KELLNER, A.W.A.; BERTINI, R.J. & SANTUCCI, R.M., 2005. On a titanosaurid (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) vertebral column from the Bauru Group, Late Cretaceous of Brazil.
Arquivos do Museu Nacional, 63(3):565-593. Downloadable PDF
A new titanosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous continental deposits of the Bauru Group
is described. Trigonosaurus pricei n.gen., n.sp., is based on two specimens, both collected at the Caieira Quarry near Peirópolis, Minas Gerais. The holotype consists of the five most posterior cervical vertebrae, 10 dorsals, six sacrals and the left ilium (MCT 1488-R). The second specimen (paratype) consists of 10 caudal vertebrae that according to a quarry map, were found isolated but show a similar morphology and compatible size suggesting that they belonged to one individual (MCT 1719-R). Trigonosaurus pricei is diagnosed by a combination of characters such as elongated cervicals and middorsals, dorsal vertebrae 9 and 10 with incipient postzygodiapophyseal lamina and transverse processes well developed throughout the sequence formed by anterior and medial caudals. The occurrence of this new taxon indicates a higher diversity of titanosaurids in the Brazil during the Cretaceous period.

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