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VELAFRONS

a plant-eating lambeosaurine hadrosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mexico.
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Pronunciation: VEE-luh-FRONZ
Meaning: Sailed forehead
Author/s: Gates, et al. (2007)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Coahuila, Mexico
Chart Position: 505

Velafrons coahuilensis

(Sailed forehead from Coahuila)Etymology
Velafrons is derived from the Spanish "vela" (sailed) and the Latin "frons" (forehead), in reference to its distinctive headcrest. The species epithet, coahuilensis, is derived from "Coahuila" (for the Mexican state where the specimen was found) and the Latin "ensis" (from).
Discovery
The first remains of Velafrons were discovered at 7a Quarry in the Cerro del Pueblo Formation (Difunta Group) near Rincon Colorado, about 27 miles west Saltillo City, Coahuila State, Mexico, by Martha Carolina Aguillón in the early 1990s. The same area yielded ornithomimosaur fossils a few years earlier that Aguillón named "Saltillomimus rapidus"—albeit unofficially—in her 2010 thesis. An official description is still lacking.
The holotype (CPC-59, housed at the Museo del Desierto) is a partial subadult skull and partial postcrania.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 80-72 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 8 meters
Est. max. hip height: 3 meters
Est. max. weight: 2 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Gates TA, Sampson SD, Delgado de Jesús CR, Zanno LE, Eberth D, Hernandez-Rivera R, Aguillón Martínez MC, Kirkland JI (2007) "Velafrons coahuilensis, a new lambeosaurine hadrosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Late Campanian Cerro del Pueblo Formation, Coahuila, Mexico". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4):917–930.
• Horner JR, Weishampel DB and Forster CA (2004) "Hadrosauridae" in "The Dinosauria: Second edition".
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