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EUROPASAURUS

a plant-eating dwarf brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of Germany.
Pronunciation: yoo-ROW-puh-SOR-us
Meaning: Lizard of Europe
Author/s: Sander et al. (2006)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Oker, Germany
Chart Position: 497

Europasaurus holgeri

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(Holger's European lizard)Etymology
Europasaurus is derived from "Europe" and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, holgeri, honours Holger Lüdtke, who discovered its first remains.
Discovery
The first fossils of Europasaurus were discovered in "bed 93" of the Langenberg Quarry, Oker, near Goslar, Lower Saxony, Germany, by Holger Lüdtke. Eleven individuals including both juveniles and adults, ranging from 1.7m to 6.2m in length, have been recovered from this quarry. The holotype (DFMMh/FV 291) is a partial skeleton which includes bits of skull, and some hip and neck vertebrae.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Jurassic
Stage: Kimmeridgian
Age range: 156-151 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 6.2 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 1.5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Sander PM, Mateus O, Laven T, Knötschke N (2006) "Bone histology indicates insular dwarfism in a new Late Jurassic sauropod dinosaur". Nature 441, 739-741. doi:10.1038/nature04633.
• Marpmann JS, Carballido JL, Sander PM and Knötschke N (2014) "Cranial anatomy of the Late Jurassic dwarf sauropod Europasaurus holgeri (Dinosauria, Camarasauromorpha): ontogenetic changes and size dimorphism". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 221-263. doi: 10.1080/14772019.2013.875074.
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