Jobaria

Jobaria tiguidensis

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  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Jobar"

  • Length:  70 feet (21 m)

  • Height:  15 feet (4.5 m) at hips

  • Weight:  20 tons (18,000 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 135 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Niger, West Africa

Jobaria is one of the many exciting new discoveries made in Africa. It was a giant four-legged plant eater that had a relatively short, flexible tail and neck. It also had a mouthful of spoon-like teeth, and large eye and nose openings.

Jobaria's skeleton was so flexible, that it may have been able to rear up on its hind legs for feeding or defense. This was a common feature found on early, more primitive sauropods , but Jobaria lived in the Cretaceous, and was one of the last sauropods. This has led to speculation that Jobaria survived a long, long time as a species, maybe 50 million years, without much evolutionary change.

It seems that Jobaria, with keen senses, great size, and a flexible tail and neck, was the perfect Sauropod. If so, it may have outlasted all others of its kind. The first Jobaria located was 95% preserved, highly unusual for a sauropod.



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