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SHINGOPANA

the second plant-eating titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from Tanzania's Galula Formation.
Pronunciation: SHEEN-go-PA-nah
Meaning: Wide neck
Author/s: Gorscak et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Songwe, Tanzania
Chart Position: 810

Shingopana songwensis

(Wide neck from Songwe)Etymology
Shingopana is derived from the Swahili "shingo" (neck) and "pana" (wide or broad), referring to its bulbous neck vertebra. The species epithet, songwensis, means "from Songwe" (for the region of the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania where it was found) in Latin.
Discovery
The first remains of Shingopana were discovered at "locality TZ-07" in the Namba Member of the Galula Formation (Red Sandstone Group, Rukwa Rift Basin), in the Songwe region of the Great Rift Valley, southwestern Tanzania, during the Rukwa Rift Basin Project (an international effort by palaeontologists from Ohio University, Michigan State University, James Cook University, and the University of Dar es Salaam) in 2002. The holotype (RRBP 02100) is a partial skeleton including five neck vertebrae, six partial neck ribs, four partial back ribs, a nearly complete left humerus, a partial left pubis, and many incomplete and/or unidentifiable fragments.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Albian
Age range: 112-99 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 8 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Gorscak E, O'Connor PM, Roberts EM and Stevens NJ (2017) "The second titanosaurian (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the middle Cretaceous Galula Formation, southwestern Tanzania, with remarks on African titanosaurian diversity". Journal Vertebrate Paleontology Article: e1343250 (advance online publication)??
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Atkinson, L. "SHINGOPANA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 25th Nov 2017.
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