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“”Quetecsaurus”” is an extinct genus of titanosaur sauropod dinosaur known from the Late Cretaceous of southern Mendoza Province of western Argentina. It contains a single species, “”Quetecsaurus rusconii””.

“Quetecsaurus” was first described and named by Bernardo González Riga, Leonardo Ortiz David in 2014 and the type species is “Quetecsaurus rusconii”. It is known solely from the holotype, a partial skeleton found in close association that includes a postorbital, teeth, the atlas, a rear cervical vertebra, an incomplete dorsal vertebra, a rear caudal centrum, dorsal ribs, a coracoid, five metacarpals and fragments of a humerus, radius and ulna. The holotype was collected from red mudstones of the Cerro Lisandro Formation, Neuquén Basin, dating to the middle or late Turonian stage of the Late Cretaceous. The specimen represents the first sauropod with well preserved materials from this formation.

“Quetecsaurus” was diagnosed based on three autapomorphies, i.e. unique traits, by its describers. The intercentrum of its atlas shows a prominent anteroventral border and enlarged posteroventral processes. Its humerus is uniquely shaped, with strongly sigmoid proximal border, rounded proximomedial border, and angular proximolateral corner. Like lognkosaur titanosaurs, it possess lateral expansions on the neural spines of its rear cervical vertebra, however they are incipient and relatively reduced.

“Quetecsaurus” was assigned to the Titanosauria, and considered to be most closely related to “Mendozasaurus” and “Futalognkosaurus”, members of Lognkosauria, based on the presence of these lateral laminae on its neural spines. A preliminary phylogenetic analysis supported this assignment, placing “Quetecsaurus” as a sister taxon of the clade formed by “Mendozasaurus” and “Futalognkosaurus”.

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