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MOABOSAURUS

a plant-eating macronarian sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Utah, USA.
Pronunciation: mo-AB-o-SOR-us
Meaning: Moab lizard
Author/s: Britt et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Utah, USA
Chart Position: 781

Moabosaurus utahensis

(Moab lizard from Utah)Etymology
Moabosaurus is derived from "Moab" (for the city close to which it was found) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard). The species epithet, utahensis, means "from Utah" in Latin.
Discovery
The remains of Moabosaurus were discovered at the Dalton Wells Quarry in the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation, 20 km north-northwest of Moab, Utah, USA. The quarry was found by J. "Pop" Leroy Kay in the early 1960s.
The holotype (BYU 14387) consists of three closely associated back vertebrae, two of which were found in articulation, with the other separated by 20 cm. Referred material from the same quarry includes dozens of vertebrae from the neck, back, hip and tail, the odd arm bone and thigh, some teeth, jawbones, and eighteen (18!) braincases.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Aptian
Age range: 125 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Britt BB, Brinkman DD, Scheetz RD, Stadtman KL and McIntosh JS (1997) "The Dalton Wells fauna (Cedar Mountain Formation): a rare window into the little-known world of Early Cretaceous Dinosaurs in North America". Geological Soc. of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, A–104.
• Britt BB, Stadtman KL, Scheetz RD and McIntosh JS (1997) "Camarasaurid and titanosaurid sauropods from the Early Cretaceous Dalton Wells Quarry (Cedar Mountain Formation) Utah". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts, 17(3): 34A.
• Nolte MJ, Greenhalgh BW, Dangerfield A, Scheetz RD and Britt BB (2004) "Invertebrate burrows on dinosaur bones from the Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation near Moab, Utah, USA". Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Volume 36, Page 379.
• Eberth DA (2006) "Dalton Wells: Geology and significance of debris-flow-hosted dinosaur bonebeds in the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of eastern Utah, USA". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 236: 217–245.
• Anon. (2006) "The Gigantic Dinosaur Expo 2006 Official Guidebook". Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex, Chiba, Japan, July 15—September 10, 2006. Published by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. (Hasegawa Y, Carpenter K, Xu X and Dong Z (eds.)
• Britt BB, Scheetz RD, Whiting MF and Wilhite DR (2017) "Moabosaurus utahensis, n. gen., n. sp., a new sauropod from the Early Cretaceous (Aptian) of North America". Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 32(11): 189–243.
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Atkinson, L. "MOABOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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