Saltasaurus

Saltasaurus

Pronunciation:
salt-a-sore-us
Name meaning:
'Salta lizard'
Saltasaurus
sauropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
sauropod
Length:
12.0m
Diet:
herbivorous herbivorous food icon
When it lived:
Late Cretaceous, 70-65 million years ago
Found in:
Argentina

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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