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New titanosaur from Tanzania

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A new paper is available regarding a new titanosaur species from Tanzania:


Eric Gorscak, Patrick M. O'Connor, Eric M. Roberts and Nancy J. Stevens. 2017. The Second Titanosaurian (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the middle Cretaceous Galula Formation, southwestern Tanzania, with Remarks on African Titanosaurian Diversity. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1343250


The affiliation of Shingopana with Rinconsaurus, Muyelensaurus, Aeolosaurus, Gondwanatitan, and Overosaurus in contrast to the affiliation of Rukwatitan with Saltasaurus, Neuquensaurus, Isisaurus, Paralititan, and Opisthocoelicauda provides new insights into the macroevolution of Gondwanan titanosaurs outside South America by showing that Cretaceous titanosaurs in sub-Saharan Africa were rather diverse. The abstract of the thesis by Eric Gorscak (https://etd.ohiolink.edu/pg_10?0::NO:10:P10_ACCESSION_NUM:ohiou1478778037108276) also mentions titanosaur specimens from Campanian-Maastrichtian deposits in Egypt and Kenya that are closely related to Saltasaurus and European titanosaurs, showing that middle-late Cretaceous titanosaurs were more temporally distributed in Africa than previously thought.


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