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VOLKHEIMERIA

a plant-eating brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Argentina.
Pronunciation: VOLK-hie-MEE-ree-uh
Meaning: for Wolfgang Volkheimer
Author/s: Bonaparte (1979)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Chubut, Argentina
Chart Position: 222

Volkheimeria chubutensis

(for Volkheimer, from Chubut)Etymology
Volkheimeria is named in honor of Argentine paleontologist Wolfgang Volkheimer. Several sources claim it's named for the area of Volkheimer or the Volkheimer formation, but there is no such place, as far as we know.
The species epithet, chubutensis, is derived from "Chubut" (for Chubut Province) and the Latin "-ensis" (from, place of origin).
Discovery
The remains of Volkheimeria were discovered by J. F. Bonaparte and crew in the Cañadon Asfalto Formation, Sierre de Olte Group, Cerro Cóndor village, Chubut Province, Argentina, in 1979. Boneparte excavated many dinosaur fossils from Cerro Cóndor between 1976-1985.
The holotype (PVL 4077) is a partial skeleton, including vertebrae from the neck, back and hips, some pelvic bones, a femur (thigh) and a tibia (shin).
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Middle Jurassic
Stage: Callovian
Age range: 164-161 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 11 meters
Est. max. hip height: 2.5 meters
Est. max. weight: 4.5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• J. F. Bonaparte (1979) "Dinosaurs: A Jurassic assemblage from Patagonia". Science, Vol. 205, Issue 4413, pp. 1377-1379. DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4413.1377.
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "VOLKHEIMERIA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 26th Jul 2017.
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