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LIGABUESAURUS

a plant-eating titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Argentina.
Pronunciation: lee-GAH-boo-eh-SOR-us
Meaning: Ligabue's Lizard
Author/s: Jose Bonaparte et al. (2006)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Neuquén, Argentina
Chart Position: 487

Ligabuesaurus leanzai

(Leanza and Ligabue's Lizard)Etymology
Ligabuesaurus is derived from "Ligabue" (in honor of Italian doctor Giancario Ligabue) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). This was the third of three dinosaurs named by José Bonaparte in Ligabue's honor, behind Ligabueino andesi (1996) and Agustinia ligabuei (1999). The species epithet, leanzai, is dedicated to geologist Dr. Héctor A. Leanza who discovered it.
Discovery
The remains of Ligabuesaurus were discovered at Cerro de los Leones, level 2, in the Cullín Grande Member of the Lohan Cura Formation, Neuquén, Argentina, by Dr. Héctor A. Leanza. The holotype (MCF-PHV-233) is a partial skeleton.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Aptian-Albian
Age range: 118-109 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• José F. Bonaparte, B. J. González Riga, S. Apesteguía (2006) "Ligabuesaurus leanzai gen. et sp. nov. (Dinosauria, Sauropoda), a new titanosaur from the Lohan Cura Formation (Aptian, Lower Cretaceous) of Neuquén, Patagonia, Argentina".
• M. D. D'Emic (2012) "Revision of the sauropod dinosaurs of the Lower Cretaceous Trinity Group, southern USA, with the description of a new genus".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "LIGABUESAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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