Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hello New Sauropod, Goodbye State Dinosaur

Peter Rose examined "Pleurocoelus" fossils from Jones Ranch and found that they actually belong to a new basal titanosaurifom of the lower Cretaceous, differing from previously described Pleurocoelus "in the shape of the caudoventral margin of the maxilla, the shape of the distal scapular blade, and the shape of the proximal condyle of the tibia"(Rose 2007). Rose named the new sauropod Paluxysaurus Jonesi.

The paper is available at Palaeontologia Electronica at the following url:


Rose, PJ. 2007. A New Titanosauriform Saruopod (Dinosauria: Saurischia) From The Early Cretaceous Of Central Texas and its Phylogenetic Relationships. Paleontologia Electronica, 10: 8A

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