Aegyptosaurus

Name: Aegyptosaurus ‭(‬Egypt lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ay-jipt-o-sore-us.
Named By: Ernst Stromer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria.
Species: A.‭ ‬baharijensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Egypt‭ ‬-‭ ‬BaharÓje Formation.‭ ‬Niger‭ ‬-‭ ‬Irhazer Shales Formation.
Time period: Albian to Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of several individuals.

       Aegyptosaurus was a mid-sized sauropod dinosaur that is known to have lived in what is now Egypt from both sides of the early/late Cretaceous boundary.‭ ‬Unfortunately we only have the original descriptions of this‭ ‬dinosaur for study as the original fossils were destroyed along with the Munich museum during an allied bombing raid in World War II.‭ ‬Despite the lack of actual physical fossils that can be studied anew,‭ ‬Aegyptosaurus is perceived to have been a titanosaur,‭ ‬a‭ ‬member of a group of more advanced sauropods that rose to prominence during the Cretaceous.
       Aegyptosaurus may have been a prey species to large carcharodontosaurid theropods,‭ ‬perhaps even the Carcharodontosaurus genus itself.‭ ‬There is no direct proof of predator/prey interaction between these two,‭ ‬but fossils of both genera are present in the BaharÓje Formation of Egypt.‭ ‬The smaller theropod Deltadromeus is also present and may have potentially been a threat to smaller juvenile Aegyptosaurus.‭ ‬Remains of the potentially colossal predator Spinosaurus are also present in the BaharÓje Formation,‭ ‬though since modern interpretations of Spinosaurus perceive it to be a specialised predator of fish,‭ ‬it seems unlikely that‭ ‬Spinosaurus actively hunted dinosaurs like Aegyptosaurus,‭ ‬though of course scavenging them would still be a plausible option.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Ergebnisse der Forschungsreisen Prof.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Stromers in den WŁsten ńgyptens.‭ ‬II.‭ ‬Wirbeltierreste der BaharÓje-Stufe‭ (‬unterstes Cenoman‭)‬.‭ ‬11.‭ ‬Sauropoda‭ ‬-‭(‬Results of the expeditions of Professor E.‭ ‬Stromer in the Egyptian deserts.‭ ‬II.‭ ‬Vertebrate animal remains from the BaharÓje bed‭ (‬lowest Cenomanian‭)‬.‭ ‬11.‭ ‬Sauropoda‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Abhandlungen der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Abteilung,‭ ‬Neue Folge‭ ‬10:1-21‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ernst Stromer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.



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