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RE: new sauropod: Angolatitan
"the presumable azhdarchid based on the Sibbick style after the TMM specimen
(of a likely tapejarid?)"
Kellner (2004) suggested this was the case, and Martill and Naish (2006) called
the specimen the 'Javelina Tupuxuara'. Other authors, though, including myself
in my PhD and Lu et al. (2006), have referred the specimen to Azhdarchidae.
Read all about it here:
Note that Carr's restoration, as with Sibbick's, are not the most parsimonious
interpretations of the skull of this animal, either: the lower jaw looks
relatively complete, so the skull is almost certainly not as long as depicted
in either painting. In all likelihood, this is a species of azhdarchid with a
particularly short/tall skull.
Dr. Mark Witton
Palaeobiology Research Group
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
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>>> Jaime Headden <firstname.lastname@example.org> 16/03/2011 12:25 >>>
I like the Pastori reconstruction, describing a very nice trophic scene; but
the Carr piece is different: The *Malawisaurus*-like head is fine if
unexpected, the neck attitude is debateable, but the presumable azhdarchid
based on the Sibbick style after the TMM specimen (of a likely tapejarid?)
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
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> Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:24:31 +0100
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> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: new sauropod: Angolatitan
> O. Mateus, L.L. Jacobs, A.S. Schulp, M.J. Polcyn, T.S. Tavares, A.B.
> Neto, M.L. Morais and M.T. Antunes. 2011. Angolatitan adamastor, a new
> sauropod dinosaur and the first record from Angola. Anais da Academia
> Brasileira de Ciências, 83(1): 1-13.
> A forelimb of a new sauropod dinosaur (Angolatitan adamastor n. gen.
> et sp.) from the Late Turonian of Iembe (Bengo Province) represents
> the first dinosaur discovery in Angola, and is one of the few
> occurrences of sauropod dinosaurs in sub-Saharan Africa collected with
> good chronological controls. The marginal marine sediments yielding
> the specimen are reported to be late Turonian in age and, thus it
> represents a non-titanosaurian sauropod in sub-Saharan Africa at a
> time taken to be dominated by titanosaurian forms. Moreover,
> Angolatitan adamastor is the only basal Somphospondyli known in the
> Late Cretaceous which implies in the existence of relict forms in
> Key words: Angola, Cretaceous, Turonian, Dinosaurs, Sauropoda, Angolatitan.
> free PDF and reconstructions (by Karen Carr and Fabio Pastori) here:
> Jose Ignacio Ruiz-Omenaca
> Museo del Jurasico de Asturias (MUJA)
> E-33328 Colunga, Spain