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TENGRISAURUS

A plant-eating lithostrotian titanosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Russia.
Pronunciation: TEN-gree-SOR-us
Meaning: Tengri lizard
Author/s: Averianov and Skutschas (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Buryatia, Russia
Chart Position: 788

Tengrisaurus starkovi

When Pavel Skutschas and GI Sazonov found the first dinosaurian vertebra from Mogoito that wasn't ultimately lost or lacking in unique features way back in 1998, its descripton was still almost two decades away. But some things are worth waiting for, and when Skutschas teamed up with Alexander Averianov, lumped it with two more verts' from the same quarry and eventually coined Tengrisaurus starkovi in 2017, it became only the second dinosaur named from Transbaikalia (behind "Allosaurus" sibiricus, Riabinin 1915) and the first Russian sauropod to be awarded a full scientific name.
(Starkov's Tengri lizard)Etymology
Tengrisaurus is derived from "Tengri" (the primary chief deity in Mongolian-Turkish mythology) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, starkovi , honors Alexey Starkov for his generous assistance and contribution to the study of Early Cretaceous vertebrates of Transbaikalia.
Discovery
The remains of Tengrisaurus were discovered in the Mogoito Member of the Murtoi Formation at Promoina Klevenskogo Ravine, near Lake Gusinoe, Buryatia, Russia.
The holotype (ZIN PH 7/13) is a tail vertebra. Referrred material includes ZIN PH 14/13 (a tail vertebra, found by Skutschas and Sazonov in 1998) and ZIN PH 8/13 (another tail vertebra, discovered by Starkov in 1992 and assigned to cf. Chiayusaurus sp. by Lev Nessov in 1995 and to "Titanosauridae indet." by Averianov et al. in 2003) from the same six-meter-long outcrop as the holotype.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Barremian-Aptian
Age range: 130-112 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Riabinin AN (1915) "Zamtka o dinozavry ise Zabaykalya [A note on a dinosaur from the trans-Baikal region]". Trudy Geologichyeskago Muszeyah Imeni Petra Velikago Imperatorskoy Academiy Nauk 8(5): 133-140.
• Nesov LA (1995) "Dinozavry Severnoi Evrazii: novye dannye o sostave kompleksov, ekologii i paleobiogeografii [Dinosaurs of Northern Eurasia: New Data about Assemblages, Ecology and Paleobiogeography]". 156 pp. Izdatelstvo Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Saint Petersburg.
• Averianov AO, Starkov AI and Skutschas PP (2003) "Dinosaurs from the Early Cretaceous Murtoi Formation in Buryatia, Eastern Russia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23:586–594.
• Averianov AO and Skutschas PP (2017) "A new lithostrotian titanosaur (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Transbaikalia, Russia". Biological Communications. 62 (1): 6–18.
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