[N] 2005 Sauropod from the U. Elliot Fm.
Yates, A.M., Hancox, P.J. & Rubidge, B.S. (2004) First record of a sauropod dinosaur from the upper Elliot Formation (Early Jurassic) of South Africa. South African Journal of Science 100(9/10):504-506.
ABSTRACT. A proximal caudal vertebra from the upper Elliot Formation (Early Jurassic) of the main Karoo Basin is identified as a sauropod dinosaur more derived than basal forms such as Antetonitrus and Blikanasaurus from the lower Elliot Formation (Late Triassic). The caudal displays an ambiguous autapomorphy with the Early-Middle Jurassic Vulcanodon from Zimbabwe and may be closely re- lated to that genus. This is the first record of a sauropod dinosaur from the upper Elliot Formation and indicates that the sauropodomorph fauna of the Massospondylus Range Zone is more diverse than previously appreciated. In particular, it demonstrates that large, robust sauropodomorphs are not restricted to the lower Elliot Formation.