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Sauroposeidon Adventure (was Re: Sauropod Biology)
Mike Taylor wrote:
That's Wedel et al. 2000. (Cifelli was second author):
Wedel, M. J., R. L. Cifelli and R. K. Sanders. 2000.
_Sauroposeidon proteles_, a new sauropod from the Early
Cretaceous of Oklahoma. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
D'oh! Thanks Mike. My deepest apologies to Matt.
The meaning of the species name _proteles_ is given as "(perfected before
the end, Greek), in reference to the species? culmination of brachiosaurid
adaptations just before the extinction of North American sauropods."
_Sauroposeidon_ is of Aptian-Albian age; and although there is evidence that
brachiosaurids lingered on in North America, there's no evidence that they
ever got as big as this monster. Some time around the mid-Cretaceous, the
titanosaurs took over.