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the earliest known titanosauriform dinosaur, from the Late Jurassic of France.
Pronunciation: vou-WEE-vuh-REE-ah
Meaning: The Viper
Author/s: Mannion et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Franche-Comté, France
Chart Position: 796

Vouivria damparisensis

Most dinosaur names are a bit mundane, with all too many being lazy place-name-saurus or insert-key-feature-here raptor, but if we had our way, we would insist that everyone take a leaf out of Mannion's book and choose a name like Vouivria, which means "the Viper". Vouivria slithered from Belvoye quarry in 1934 and hypnotized Albert de Lapparent into calling it Bothriospondylus madagascariensis even though it's actually French, before slinking off, with just the occasional sighting to prompt a recount of this legendary beast that, more often than not, would be referred to simply as "the dinosaur of Damparis". Then, when it was eventually tracked down to its lair at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris where it had been laying low for eighty-odd years, was it tightly coiled, agro and ready to strike? NO! With the best will in the world, Vouivria couldn't do what cornered vipers do, because Vouivria is a 15 ton plant-eating titanosauriform sauropod, and the most archaic one at that.
(The Viper from Damparis)Etymology
Vouivria is derived from the old French word "vouivre", which is itself derived from the Latin "vipera" (viper). To complicate matters, in the folklore of Franche-Comté (the region in which the holotype was discovered) "la vouivre" is a legendary winged reptile, but in a novel of the same name by the great French author Marcel Aymé, "la vouivre" is a beautiful woman who lives in the swamps of Dôle (a commune within Franche-Comté) and protects a spectacular ruby.
The species epithet, damparisensis, is derived from "Damparis" (the type locality) and the Latin "-ensis" (from).
Associated names
Bothriospondylus madagascariensis (Lapparent, 1943)
The Damparis dinosaur (Buffetaut, 1988)
The French "Bothriospondylus madagascariensis" (McIntosh, 1990)
The Damparis sauropod (Allain, Pereda and Suberbiola, 2003)
Brachiosauridae indet. (Mannion, 2010)
The "French Bothriospondylus" (D’Emic, 2012 / Mannion et al., 2013)
The remains of Vouivria were discovered at the Belvoye limestone quarry (then owned by the Solvay Group, but now by the Inovyn co.) in the Calcaires de Clerval Formation, Damparis, near Dole, Jura, Franche-Comté, eastern France, between April and June of 1934. The holotype (MNHN.F.1934.6 DAM 1 to DAM 42) includes five teeth, three partial neck vertebrae, two back vertebrae, both shoulder blades, right coracoid, upper and lower arm bones, twelve hand bones, ribs, a partial sacrum, a partial hip (left ilium, partial left pubis, and left ischia), one tail vertebra, the right thigh, a partial left thigh, the left shin, a partial right shin, both shanks, the left ankle and four foot bones.
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Jurassic
Stage: Oxfordian
Age range: 161-156 mya
Est. max. length: 15 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 15 tons
Diet: Herbivore
• Dorlodot J de (1934) "L’exploration du gîte à dinosauriens jurassiques de Damparis". La Terre et la Vie 10:563-586.
• Lapparent A-F de (1943) "Les dinosaures jurassiques de Damparis (Jura)". Mémoires de la Société Géologique de France, Nouvelle Série 47:1-21.
• Mannion PD, Allain R, Moine O (2017) "The earliest known titanosauriform sauropod dinosaur and the evolution of Brachiosauridae". PeerJ 5:e3217.
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Atkinson, L. "VOUIVRIA :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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