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[dinosaur] New dicraeosaurid remains from the La Amarga Formation of Argentina

Ben Creisler

A new paper:


Guillermo J. Windholz, Mattia A. Baiano, Flavio Bellardini & Alberto Garrido (2020)
New Dicraeosauridae (Sauropoda, Diplodocoidea) remains from the La Amarga Formation (BarremianâAptian, Lower Cretaceous), NeuquÃn Basin, Patagonia, Argentina.
Cretaceous Research 104629
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2020.104629


Two dicraeosaurid dorsal vertebrae, MOZ-Pv 6126-1 and MOZ-Pv 6126-2, are described.
MOZ-Pv 6126-1 is referred to Amargasaurus cazaui, while MOZ-Pv 6126-2 is assigned to Dicraeosauridae indet.
These new materials increase the poor dicraeosaurid (Sauropoda; Diplodocoidea) fossil record.


Dicraeosauridae is a family of small body-sized sauropod dinosaurs that diversified from the Middle Jurassic to the Lower Cretaceous, whose distinctive feature is a long dorsally projected, bifid neural spines in most of the presacral vertebrae. The dicraeosaurid fossil record is limited to few taxa, therefore each new finding, however fragmentary, allows to improve the knowledge about this group. Here, we report new dicraeosaurid remains, consisting of two associated anterior dorsal vertebrae (MOZ-Pv 6126-1; MOZ-Pv 6126-2) collected from the La Amarga Formation (BarremianâAptian, Lower Cretaceous). MOZ-Pv 6126-1 is represented by an almost complete anterior dorsal vertebra, while MOZ-Pv 6126-2 is an anterior dorsal vertebral centrum with a portion of the neural arch. The morphological features of these axial elements, as well as the absence of lateral fossae, the orientation of the transverse processes and an elongated bifid neural spine, allow us to refer them to the dicraeosaurid sauropods (Janensch, 1929; Salgado y Bonaparte, 1991; Rauhut et al., 2005; Coria et al., 2019; Gallina et al., 2019). However, due to the lack of more diagnostic features, we prefer to consider MOZ-Pv 6126-1 and MOZ-Pv 6126-2 as Dicraeosauridae indet. The new materials increase the fossil record of dicraeosaurid sauropods from La Amarga Formation and enrich the poor worldwide fossil record of the Dicraeosauridae.


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