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SAVANNASAURUS

a plant-eating titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
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Pronunciation: suh-VAN-ah-SOR-us
Meaning: Savanna lizard
Author/s: Poropat et al. (2016)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Queensland, Australia
Chart Position: 780

Savannasaurus elliottorum

(The Elliott's savanna lizard)Etymology
Savannasaurus is derived from the Taino Spanish "zavana" (savanna), in reference to the countryside in which the specimen was found, and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, elliottorum, honours the Elliott family for their ongoing contributions to Australian palaeontology.
Discovery
The remains of Savannasaurus were discovered at the "Ho-Hum Site" (AODL—Australian Age of Dinosaurs—Locality 82) in the Winton Formation, Belmont sheep station, Winton, Queensland, Australia, by grazier David Elliot while mustering his sheep in 2005.
The holotype (AODF660) consists of one neck vertebra, several neck ribs, eight back vertebrae, several back ribs, four hip vertebrae, five partial tail vertebrae, partial shoulder girdle, left and right breast plates, incomplete left and right upper arms, a partial lower arm (a shattered ulna and left radius), right metacarpals I–V, left metacarpal IV, two finger bones, a partial hip, a left ankle, right metatarsal III, and associated fragments.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Cenomanian-Turonian
Age range: 99-89 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 15 meters
Est. max. hip height: 3 meters
Est. max. weight: 20 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Family Tree:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Sauropodomorpha
Sauropoda
Macronaria
Titanosauria
Savannasaurus
elliottorum
References
• Poropat SF, PD Mannion, P Upchurch, SA Hocknull, BP Kear, M Kundrát, TR Tischler, T Sloan, GHK Sinapius, JA Elliott & DA Elliott (2016) "New Australian sauropods shed light on Cretaceous dinosaur palaeobiogeography". Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 34467 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep34467
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Atkinson, L. "SAVANNASAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 25th Nov 2017.
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