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[dinosaur] Soriatitan, new brachiosaurid sauriopod from Lower Cretaceous of Spain

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Soriatitan golmayensis gen. et sp. nov.

Rafael Royo-Torres, Carolina Fuentes, Manuel Meijide, Federico Meijide-Fuentes & Manuel Meijide-Fuentes (2017)
A new Brachiosauridae Sauropod dinosaur from the lower Cretaceous of Europe (Soria Province, Spain).
Cretaceous Research (advance online publication)
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2017.08.012

A new dinosaur sauropod from the Golmayo Formation (upper Hauterivian-lower Barremian) in Soria province (Spain) is described as Soriatitan golmayensis gen. et sp. nov. The new material consists of one tooth, three dorsal vertebrae with ribs, a partial sacrum, five caudal centra, two caudal vertebral spines, one chevron, a humerus, an ulna, a radius, two partial ilia, two ischia, a fragment of pubis, and a partial femur. Cladistic analysis identified the material as belonging to Brachiosaruidae within Titanosauriformes. Sauropod material from the Golmayo Formation shares a diagnostic feature with Abydosaurus, Cedarosaurus, Tastavinsaurus and Venenosaurus including anteriorly deflected anterior–middle caudal neural spines and with Cedarosaurus a proximodistally straight lateral margin between the proximal head and the shaft of the humerus. Eight characters are potential autapomorphies in the sauropod from Spain, including the presence of a large rectangular ventral ridge below the preacetabular process of the ilium, the same length of the pubic and ischiadic blades in the ischium, and two lateral ridges in the lateral area of the deltopectoral crest of the humerus. The presence of Early Cretaceous brachiosarids in both, North America and Europe, give support to the hypothesis of a connection between the tectonic plates of these continents at some point during the Early Cretaceous.

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