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[[File:9038891_orig.png|thumb]]'''''Saltasaurus''''' was a large plant-eating dinosaur with an elongated neck and bony armored plates on its body. It was a titanosaurid sauropod that lived during the late Cretaceous Period, about 83 to 79 million years ago. Fossils have been found in Argentina.
Saltasaurus was a large, Cretaceous [[Sauropod]].It was a titanosaur
 
==Fact File==
 
Length: 12 metres (40 feet)[[File:Saltasaurus.jpg|thumb|272px]]
 
   
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==Description==
Height: 4 metres
 
   
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''Saltasaurus'' was named by paleontologists J. Bonaparte and J. Powell in 1980. Salta is the name of the Northwestern Argentinian Province where fossils were found. They include: a few oval and circular armored plates, hundreds of bumps which covered its back (roughly 1/4 inch = 6-7 mm in diameter), and several incomplete skeletons, including some vertebrae, limb bones, and jaws.
Weight: 9 tonnes
 
   
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==Paleobiology==
Diet: [[Herbivore]]
 
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A large titanosaurid nest was found in Auca Mahuevo, in Patagonia, Argentina. The small eggs had fossilised embryos, complete with skin impressions. <ref>Coria and Chiappe (2007).</ref>
==Prey==
 
Saltasaurus was a herbivore, and would have eaten leaves from trees. Being relatively small, it couldn't reach as high as some other Sauropods. This also made it prey for large carnivores such as Abelisaurus ,Giganotosaurus and Carnotaurus.For defence, Saltsaurus had scutes covering its body. The scientific name for these scutes is osteoderms
 
   
==Discovery==
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==In The Media==
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In the enhanced-motion vehicle attraction [[Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)|Dinosaur]] at [[Disney's Animal Kingdom]] theme park, a saltasaurus is seen in the ride, mentioned as a "sauropod".[[File:Ride_Saltosaurus.jpg|thumb|286px]]
Saltasaurus (meaning 'Lizard from Salta'), was first described by Jose Bonaparte and Jaime E. Powell in 1980. As well as being found in north-west Argentina, fossils of it have also been discovered in Uruguay. Saltasaurus was estimated to live 70 million years ago.'' it's coned by a [[Salasaurus]]''
 
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==References==
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*[http://www.palaeos.com/Vertebrates/Units/330Sauropodomorpha/330.600.html#Saltasaurus Sauropodomorpha: Titanosauridae: 'Saltasaurus], by M. Alan Kazlev, from Palæos.
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*[http://www.luisrey.ndtilda.co.uk/html/patagonia.htm The late Cretaceous nesting grounds of Patagonia], by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Rey Luis V. Rey], from his art gallery.
 
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Saltasaurus was a large plant-eating dinosaur with an elongated neck and bony armored plates on its body. It was a titanosaurid sauropod that lived during the late Cretaceous Period, about 83 to 79 million years ago. Fossils have been found in Argentina.

Description

Saltasaurus was named by paleontologists J. Bonaparte and J. Powell in 1980. Salta is the name of the Northwestern Argentinian Province where fossils were found. They include: a few oval and circular armored plates, hundreds of bumps which covered its back (roughly 1/4 inch = 6-7 mm in diameter), and several incomplete skeletons, including some vertebrae, limb bones, and jaws.

Paleobiology

A large titanosaurid nest was found in Auca Mahuevo, in Patagonia, Argentina. The small eggs had fossilised embryos, complete with skin impressions. [1]

In The Media

In the enhanced-motion vehicle attraction Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, a saltasaurus is seen in the ride, mentioned as a "sauropod".

Ride Saltosaurus.jpg

References

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External links

  • Coria and Chiappe (2007).