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Saltasaurus was a small, Cretaceous Sauropod.

Fact File

Length: 12 metres

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Height: 4 metres

Weight: 7 tonnes

Diet: Herbivore

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. For defence, Saltsaurus had scutes covering its body. The scientific name for these scutes is osteoderms

Discovery

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.

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