a plant-eating dwarf brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of Germany.
Lizard of Europe
Sander et al
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(Holger's European lizard)Etymology
is derived from "Europe" and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet
, honours Holger Lüdtke, who discovered its first remains.
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.
(DFMMh/FV 291) is a partial skeleton which includes bits of skull, and some hip and neck vertebrae.
: Late Jurassic
: 156-151 mya
Est. max. length
: 6.2 meters
Est. max. hip height
Est. max. weight
: 1.5 tons
• 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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