[N] 2003 Tazoudasaurus naimi the oldest sauropod known by a skull
A new herbivorous sauropod has been presented to the public by an international team of scientists in Morocco.The almost 9 meter long, sauropod was discovered in Tazouda, 42 miles from Ouarzazate in southeastern Morocco, by a team of scientists from the north African kingdom, France, Switzerland and the United States. According to Philippe Taquet head of the natural history museum in Paris the newly discovered creature is key to understanding the evolutionary process of large vertebrates. The bones found in Tazouda include a jawbone with 17 teeth. Tazoudasaurus is the oldest sauropod known by a skull. The oldest discovered sauropod bones belong to Antetonitrus ingenipes from the Late Triassic, Lower Elliot Formation of South Africa.