Malawisaurus

Malawisaurus
Temporal range: Aptian
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August 1, 2012 - Malawisaurus on Display at the Royal Ontario Museum.jpg
Display at the Royal Ontario Museum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Clade: Sauropoda
Clade: Titanosauria
Clade: Lithostrotia
Genus: Malawisaurus
Jacobs et al., 1993
Species: M. dixeyi
Binomial name
Malawisaurus dixeyi
( Haughton, 1928) [originally Gigantosaurus, preoccupied]
Synonyms

Malawisaurus (meaning " Malawi lizard") was a genus of sauropod dinosaur (specifically a titanosaurian). It lived in what is now Africa, specifically Malawi, during the Aptian age of the Early Cretaceous Period. It is one of the few titanosaurs for which skull material has been found.

Description

A reconstruction of the head

Relatively small by sauropod standards, Malawisaurus reached lengths of about 16 metres (52 ft), and weighed about 10 tonnes (11 short tons). [1] Like some other titanosaurs, ossicles have been found which are believed to represent dermal scutes that covered the skin.

The vertebrae from the middle part of its tail had elongated centra. [2] Malawisaurus had vertebral lateral fossae that resembled shallow depressions. [3] Fossae that similarly resemble shallow depressions are known from Saltasaurus, Alamosaurus, Aeolosaurus, and Gondwanatitan. [3]

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