Taxonomic and phylogenetic reassessment of a large-bodied dinosaur from the earliest dinosaur-bearing beds (Carnian, Upper Triassic) from southern Brazil

  title={Taxonomic and phylogenetic reassessment of a large-bodied dinosaur from the earliest dinosaur-bearing beds (Carnian, Upper Triassic) from southern Brazil},
  author={Maur{\'i}cio Silva Garcia and Rodrigo Temp M{\"u}ller and Fl{\'a}vio Augusto Pretto and {\'A}tila Augusto Stock Da-Rosa and S{\'e}rgio Dias-da-silva},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  pages={1 - 37}
Upper Triassic (Carnian) strata from the Candelária Sequence of southern Brazil bear the oldest records of dinosaurs worldwide. In consequence, investigation of the specimens yielded by these fossiliferous units is crucial for a more comprehensive knowledge regarding the origin, early diversification and radiation of dinosaurs. Herein we reassess a dinosaur specimen from Brazil, informally known as the ‘Big Saturnalia’, a supposed large-sized sauropodomorph unearthed at the ‘Cerro da Alemoa… 

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