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new sauropod: Puertasaurus



Titanosauridae (sensu Salgado, 2003):
Puertasaurus reuili NOVAS, SALGADO, CALVO et AGNOLIN 2005

Etymology: in honour to Pablo Puerta and Santiago Reuil, discoverers and 
preparators of the specimen

Holotype:most of a cervical vertebra, a complete dorsal 2 and the centra of two 
caudal vertebrae

Locality and horizon: Cerro Los Hornos, La Leona, Santa Cruz Province, 
Argentina. Pari Ake Formation, early Maastrichtian.

Diagnosis: combination of gigantic size; cervical neural spine considerably 
inflated, being transversally wider than the vertebral centrum and bearing 
strong dorsolateral ridges; caudal cervicals with spinoprezuygapophyseal 
laminae transversely thick and dorsoventrally deep; cranial dorsal vertebrae 
extremely short (centrum width/centrum length: 1)

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Novas, F.E., Salgado, L., Calvo, J. & Agnolin, F. 2005. Giant titanosaur 
(Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia. Revista del 
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, nueva serie, 7(1), 37-42.

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