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Dinheirosaurus (name meaning "Porto Dinheiro lizard") is a genus of sauropod that lived in Portugal during the Jurassic period. It was a close relative of the North American Supersaurus, possibly even represent a European species of its North American counterpart, and Diplodocus.

Physical Description[]

Dinheirosaurus is an average sized diplodocid, and had an elongated neck and tail. The main features of the genus are based on its vertebral anatomy, and multiple vertebrae from across the spine have been found. In total, Dinheirosaurus would have had an approximate length of 25 m (82 ft).

Dinheirosaurus is not known well from non-vertebral material, currently only consisting of partial ribs and a fragment of a pelvis. One of the ribs attached to the cervicals, and is quite fragmentary. It is elongated, although that might be a feature of distortion. Also undescribed by Bonaparte & Mateus are a set of thoratic ribs. Two ribs are from the left side of the animal. They are T-shaped in cross section, and display plesiomorphic features, although their incomplete state makes their identification uncertain. Multiple right ribs are preserved, including both the shafts and heads. They are similar to the left ribs, which also show that they lack pneumatization. Other appendicular (non-vertebral) material includes a very incomplete and fragmentary shaft of the pubis, and over one hundred gastroliths. The pubis displays practically no anatomical features, and the gastroliths were not described in detail by Mannion et al. in 2012.

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Trivia[]

  • Dinheirosaurus was a relative to Apatosaurus and Diplodocus due to them all being diplodocid sauropods.
  • As of 2015, Dinheirosaurus is considered to be a possible European species of Supersaurus.

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