"Dinosaur of Tazouda (Ouarzazate)"
||Michel: 1458 Scott: 973
Stanley Gibbons: 1086 Yvert: UPU: MA009.04
|Stamps in set
|| 6.50 MAD -
|Size (width x height)
||25 stamps per sheet
||FDC x 1
||ITVF Périgeux - France
On September 2004 Post Authority of Morocco, Barid Al-Maghrib,
issued a stamp commemorate discovery of newly discovered
dinosaur type: Tazoudasaurus - the
oldest dinosaur fossils, aged about 180 million years, found
to date (2004). The bones found in Tazouda include a
jawbone with 17 teeth.
is a genus of vulcanodontid
sauropod dinosaur hailing from the Early Jurassic
period - a small sauropod at 9 meters long (30 ft), is
characterized by rather primitive features such as the prosauropod-like
mandible with spatulate and denticle-bearing teeth, lack of an U-shaped
mandibular symphysis as other more derived sauropods. Teeth wear in
V-shaped marks indicates tooth occlusion, suggesting that
vulcanodontids processed food orally when feeding. The neck is flexible
with elongate vertebrae that lack true pleurocoels while dorsal and
caudal vertebrae series tend to be more rigid. Tazoudasaurus
naimi bears the most complete fossil skeleton for Early Jurassic
sauropod remains found to date due to the scarcity of exposed strata of
that age. This sauropod is most closely related to Vulcanodon differing
only in caudal vertebrae features while it also possesses characters
that place it outside Eusauropoda.
Fossil found place of 180 milions year old dinosaur by Tazouda village in Morocco. Image of
The remains, consisting of a partial adult skeleton and
associated partial juvenile skeleton found in continental detrital
sediments by a team of international paleontologists, from the north
African kingdom, France, Switzerland and the United
by Frenchman Philippe
Taquet, in Tazouda, 70 kilometres (42 miles) from
Ouarzazate in southeastern Morocco, were described by Ronan Allain et
al. in early 2004.
The generic name derives from one of the localities, Tazouda,
while the specific descriptor is a latinization of the Arabic term for
"slender" due to the animal's small size for a sauropod.
Officially named "Tazoudasaurus Naimi", the newly discovered creature
is key to understanding the evolutionary process of large vertebrates,
said Philippe Taquet, head of the Natural History Museum in Paris.
Morocco has allocated some 440 million USD to build a museum
that will host the Tazoudasaurus Naimi dinosaur exhibits in the
Iminoulawen Valley of the southern city of Ouarzazate.
Last update 19.11.2017
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