A reassessment of Vulcanodon karibaensis Raath (Dinosauria:Saurischia) and the origin of the Sauropoda

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dc.contributor.author Cooper, Michael R.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-23T15:05:15Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-23T15:05:15Z
dc.date.issued 1984
dc.identifier.issn 0078-8554
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/16126
dc.description.abstract Vulcanadon karibaensis Raath is redescribed and figured in detail. It forms the basis of the new sauropod family Vulcanodontidae, to which the Indian Barapasaurus is also provisionally referred. The retention of numerous symplesiomorphies with the Prosauropoda leaves little doubt as to its ancestry. It is considered a primitive sauropod on account of its large size, columnar limbs, pelvic structure, reduced cnemial crest to the tibia, lack of distal tarsals, the length of its forelimbs and its quadrupedal gait. The post-cranial anatomy of Vulcanodon is sufficiently generalized for the Vulcanodontidae to have formed the ancestral stock of both the Camarasauridae and Diplodocidae. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research en_ZA
dc.subject Vulcanodontidae en_ZA
dc.subject Barapasaurus en_ZA
dc.subject Prosauropoda en_ZA
dc.title A reassessment of Vulcanodon karibaensis Raath (Dinosauria:Saurischia) and the origin of the Sauropoda en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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