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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]

Saltasaurus in The Land Before Time

Saltasaurus appeared as a background character in The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration. In the picture below it is the one at the bottom of the picture looking at Sue. A small group of Saltasaurus, possibly the same ones from The Great Longneck Migration, are also seen as part of Bron's herd in The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave.

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References

  1. Coria and Chiappe (2007).


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