Name: Argyrosaurus ‭(‬Silver lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Are-jie-roe-sore-us.
Named By: Richard Lydekker‭ ‬-‭ ‬1893.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauira,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria.
Species: A.‭ ‬superbus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain sur to lack of remains.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Uruguay.
Time period: Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       One of the many Cretaceous era South American titanosaurian sauropods,‭ ‬Argyrosaurus was also one of the first to be named.‭ ‬The holotype of Argyrosaurus is based upon a left forelimb with further post cranial remains being added to the genus later.‭ ‬However in at least one instance some of these additional fossils have been re-evaluated as being distinctly different,‭ ‬and in this case were split from Argyrosaurus‭.
       Other dinosaurs active in South America during the Turonian period include other sauropods as well as theropods such as the abelisaur Ilokesia and the coelurosaur Bicentenaria.

Further reading
- Contributions to a knowledge of the fossil vertebrates of Argentina. -‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Lydekker - 1893.
- A reappraisal of the Late Cretaceous Argentinean sauropod dinosaur Argyrosaurus superbus,‭ ‬with a description of a new titanosaur genus - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 32 (3): 614–618 - P. D. Mannion & A. Otero - 2012.


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