Rebbachisaurus (Rebbach lizard)
R. Lavocat - 1954
Estimated 20-25 meters long
R. garasbae (type)
Africa, Morocco - Aoufous Formation
Cretaceous, 95-70 million years ago
Rebbachisaurus is a genus of long-necked, herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, approximately 95-70 million years ago. The genus name, Rebbachisaurus, is derived from the Rebbach region of Morocco, where the first fossils of this dinosaur were discovered.
Rebbachisaurus was a member of the sauropod group of dinosaurs, which were characterized by their long necks, small heads, and large bodies. It was one of the larger sauropods, estimated to have reached lengths of up to 20-25 meters (65-82 feet) and weighed around 15-20 tonnes (16.5-22 tons).
Like other sauropods, Rebbachisaurus had a long, flexible neck consisting of up to 12 cervical vertebrae, which allowed it to reach high vegetation. Its teeth were small and peg-like, indicating that it likely fed on tough, fibrous plants.
Fossils of Rebbachisaurus have been found in several locations throughout North Africa and Spain, suggesting that it had a wide geographic distribution during the Late Cretaceous period. It likely lived in herds, which would have helped to protect individuals from predators such as large theropod dinosaurs.
The discovery of Rebbachisaurus has provided valuable insights into the diversity and ecology of sauropod dinosaurs during the Late Cretaceous period, and has helped to unravel the mysteries of the prehistoric past. Although much remains to be learned about this fascinating animal, ongoing studies and discoveries are shedding new light on the biology and behavior of these enigmatic giants.