'Salta lizard'

12.0m-long sauropod

Diet: herbivorous

Country: Argentina, Uruguay

Period: Late Cretaceous, 70-65 million years ago

Fossils have been found showing that Saltasaurus had small bony nodules embedded in its skin, finally confirming that one a least one group of sauropods, called titanosaurs, had armour plates.

Saltasaurus is one of the last sauropods, living just before the group's extinction.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda, Eusauropoda, Neosauropoda, Macronaria, Camarasauromorpha, Titanosauriformes, Titanosauria, Lithostrotia, Saltasauridae

Named by: Bonaparte and Powell (1980)

Type species: loricatus


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