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Re: Apatosaurus alenquerensis



Tony Thulborn wrote:

<I see that Portuguese sauropods have reared their heads (or, at
least, their hips):

[...]

<So it seems an appropriate time to ask about the status of
Apatosaurus alenquerensis de Lapparent & Zbyszewski 1957
(Kimmeridgian, Portugal).>

[...]

<Does anyone have any really convincing idea as to where this beast
fits in among the sauropods?>

  A brachiosaur, perhaps. The vertical ridge is possibly
autopomorphic, but brachiosaurs (especially *Brachiosaurus*) have the
anterior ala of the ilium vastly larger than the pathetic little
posterior ala, and this is the case with *"A." alenquerensis*. My
theory? Portuguese brachiosaur in need of a new generic identity.

==
Jaime A. Headden

Qilong, the website, at:
http://members.tripod.com/~Qilong/qilong.html
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