Rebbachisaurus

The Rebbachisaurus was a sauropod dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous Era, approximately 112 million years ago. This dinosaur was also a member of the Rebbachisauridae family, a group of similar sauropod dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous Era in parts of Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Central Asia.

Key facts

DomainDescription
Rebbachisaurus pronunciationRe-bash-i-sore-us
What does Rebbachisaurus mean?Rebbachisaurus means “Rebbach lizard”
Dinosaur typeSauropod
On the menuHerbivore
Length66′ (20 meters)
Height46′ (14 meters)
Weight15000 lbs (7000 kg)
Life expectancyUnknown
Legs used to get aroundQuadrupedal
Estimated top speedUnknown
When they livedThe Rebbachisaurus lived during the Early Cretaceous Period, which was 112-99 million years ago.
Where they have been found?Remains of the Rebbachisaurus were discovered in Morocco in North Africa.

When & Where

In 1948 and 1952, French paleontologist Rene Lavocat discovered the remains of the Rebacchisaurus which included ten ribs, two bones (which may have belonged to the pelvis), the sacrum, the humerus, eleven vertebrae, and the right shoulder blade. 

Size & Weight

Although there is not much research on the size and weight of the Rebbachisaurus, studies suggest that this dinosaur may have reached a length of 20 meters (66’), a height of 14 meters (46’), and a weight of 7000 kilos (15000 lbs).

Mobility & Diet

This dinosaur was a herbivore. The Rebbachisaurus may have possibly used its long neck to reach great heights to munch on plant materials such as ferns and conifers during the Early Cretaceous Period. Given their diet, these dinosaurs are not very fast.

Interesting Points

  • It has tall neural spines along its vertebrae that start from its neck all the way down to its tail for its protection. 
  • There are currently 5 species of this dinosaur that have been discovered by paleontologists

Featured Image Credit: Nobu Tamura, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons