Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

Here at SV-POW!, we love bifurcated cervical ribs. Those of Turiasaurus are one of the autapomorphies proposed by Royo-Torres et al. (2006:figure 1K). Their diagnosis of the new genus included “accessory process projecting caudodorsally from the dorsal margin of the shafts of proximal cervical ribs”. Here is the best example of such a rib in Turiasaurus , attached to its vertebra.