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meaning: "young man lizard"
Named By: F. Mahammed, E. Lang, L. Mami, L. Mekahli, M. Benhamou, B. Bouterfa, A. Kacemi, S. A. Cherief, H. Chaouati & P. Taquet in 2005
Time Period: Mid to Late Jurassic
Location: Algeria
Size: Roughly estimated to be about 8-9 meters long for the holotype, but this is from a possible juvenile
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Skull and partial post cranial remains, possibly from up to 2 juveniles
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Saurischia | Sauropoda |

Chebsaurus is a genus of quadrupedal, herbivorous, cetiosaurid sauropod dinosaur, specifically a eusauropod. It lived in present-day Algeria, in the Middle Jurassic Period. The type species, C. algeriensis, was named in 2005 by Farida Mahammed and is the most complete Algerian sauropod known. It was around 8 to 9 metres (26 to 30 ft) long.

The word "Cheb" "shb" is colloquial Arabic for "young man", as the fossils found were believed to be from a juvenile. The original publication, by Mahammed et al., gives Chebsaurus the nickname "the Giant of Ksour".

The skeleton, including cranial material, was found in the Occidental Saharan Atlas (Algerian High Atlas).

Read more about Chebsaurus at Wikipedia
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