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Saltasaurus

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One of the earliest meat-eating dinosaurs found so far. Saltasaurus lived in what is now Antarctica and had a small curved crest on the top of its head.

Scraps of skin have been found showing that Saltasaurus had small bony nodules for armour.

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Pronounced
salt-a-sore-us
Meaning of name
Salta lizard
Length
  12m
Diet
herbivorous
When it lived
Late Cretaceous
(70 - 65 million years ago)
Found in
Argentina, Uruguay

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda, Eusauropoda, Neosauropoda, Macronaria, Camarasauromorpha, Titanosauriformes, Titanosauria, Lithostrotia, Saltasauridae, Saltasaurus
Named by
Bonaparte and Powell (1980)
Type species
loricatus