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AMPELOSAURUS

a nemegtosaurid titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of France.
ampelosaurus
Pronunciation: AM-pel-o-SOR-us
Meaning: Vineyard Lizard
Author/s: Le Loeuff (1995)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: C.s.Aude, France
Chart Position: 323

Ampelosaurus atacis

Ampelosaurus is a member of Lithostrotia—meaning "paved with stones"—which is a group of titanosaurian sauropods typified by armour plates and scutes embedded in the skin of their backs and flanks. Its remains were initially meagre, which hampered research somewhat. But the later discovery of a relatively complete skeleton from "Campagne-sur-Aude" prompted a spurt of media interest that made Ampelosaurus France's most popular sauropod, and one of the most complete and understood sauropods from all of Europe.
Etymology
Ampelosaurus is derived from the Greek "ampelos" (vine) and "sauros" (lizard) alluding to the fossil site at the Blanquette de Limoux vineyards. Only a dinosaur from France could be called "the Vineyard Lizard"! The species epithet, atacis, is named after the nearby Aude River, which is known as "Atax" in Latin.
Discovery
The first remains of Ampelosaurus were discovered at the above mentioned vineyard within the Marnes Rouges Inferieures Formation, Campagne-sur-Aude, France, in 1989. The holotype, C3-247 - housed at the Musee de Dinosaurs of Esperaza, consists of three back (dorsal) vertebrae.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 71-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 15 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 14 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Le Loeuff J (1995) "Ampelosaurus atacis, a new titanosaurid (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of the Upper Aude Valley of France".
• Upchurch P, Barrett PM and Dodson P (2004) "Sauropoda" in Weishampel, Dodson and Osmólska (eds.) "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
• Le Loeuff J (2005) "Osteology of Ampelosaurus atacis (Titanosauria) from Southern France" in "Thunder-Lizards: The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "AMPELOSAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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