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[dinosaur] Xinjiangtitan (Chinese mamenchisaurid) cervical vertebrae redescribed

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Xiao-Qin Zhang, Da-Qing Li, Yan Xie & Hai-Lu You (2018)
Redescription of the cervical vertebrae of the Mamenchisaurid Sauropod Xinjiangtitan shanshanesis Wu et al. 2013.
Historical Biology (advance online publication)
doi:Â https://doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2018.1539970Â Â

Xinjiangtitan shanshanesis was originally reported based on the last two cervical vertebrae, complete dorsal and sacral vertebrae, two anterior caudal vertebrae, a partial pelvic girdle and partial hind limb bones from one individual specimen. However, the original description was brief and problematic. The ongoing excavation and further preparation of the holotype have revealed a complete cervical vertebral series. Herein, we provide a full redescription of the old and new materials of the cervical column of Xinjiangtitan shanshanesis and revised the diagnostic features of this taxon.


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