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RE: Petrobrasaurus, new Argentine titanosaur

And this is only the _second_ dinosaur named for a petroleum company (the first 
being *Gasosaurus constructus*), and only the ?fifth named for a company in 
general (two alone from Australia, two from China, and one from Argentina -- I 
am excluding *Quilmesaurus* since that seems a tad more ambiguous). Any others?


Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:31:04 +0000
> From: bh480@scn.org
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Petrobrasaurus, new Argentine titanosaur
> From: Ben Creisler
> bh480@scn.org
> I don't recall seeing this new titanosaur mentioned on
> the DML yet, although the name has appeared as a nomen
> nudum in some places. It's scheduled to be officially
> published in March 2011. The advance pdf is free at:
> http://www.geologica-acta.com/pdf/vol0901a08.pdf
> GARCIA, I. CERDA, and A. OTERO (2011)
> A new sauropod titanosaur from the Plottier Formation
> (Upper Cretaceous) of Patagonia (Argentina).
> Geologica Acta 9 (1): 1-23 (March 2011)
> DOI: 10.1344/105.000000???
> Available online at www.geologica-acta.com
> This paper presents a new titanosaur sauropod,
> collected from levels of reddish clays assigned to
> the Plottier Formation (Coniacian-Santonian). The
> holotype of Petrobrasaurus puestohernandezi gen.
> et. sp. nov. is a disarticulated specimen, from
> which teeth, cervical, dorsal and caudal
> vertebrae, sternal plates, metacarpals, femora, tibia,
> a fragment of ilium, pubis, haemal arches, and cervical
> and dorsal ribs have been preserved. This period is of
> particular interest because it saw the defnitive
> isolation of the vertebrate faunas of Patagonia, with the
> separation of South America from the rest of Gondwana, a
> process that had begun during the Early Cretaceous.
> Although some of the characters observed in
> Petrobrasaurus gen. nov. suggest a relationship
> with the South American clade Lognkosauria, this new
> sauropod is regarded as Titanosauria incertae sedis until
> a more profound analysis of the Titanosauria that in
> which it is included is undertaken.