Named By: Géraldine Garcia, Sauveur Amico, Francois Fournier, Eudes Thouand & Xavier Valentin - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropoda, Somphospondyli, Titanosauria.
Species: A. velauciensis (type).
Known locations: France - Grès à Reptiles Formation.
Time period: Campanian/Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains of at least two individuals.
is named from the Ancient Greek word atsinganos which means
‘gypsy’, and is a reference to a proposed east to west migration
for these dinosaurs. The known remains of Atsinganosaurus
fragmentary but in otherwise a good state of preservation.
Unfortunately the overall lack of them means that it is hard to say
anything beyond the simple facts that Atsinganosaurus
would have been
mid-sized and fairly gracile.
Another titanosaur genus from France that also lived during the late Cretaceous is Ampelosaurus. Other titanosaurs known to have been living in Europe during the late Cretaceous include Magyarosaurus and Lirainosaurus.
- A new Titanosaur genus (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of southern France and its paleobiogeographic implications - Géraldine Garcia, Sauveur Amico, Francois Fournier, Eudes Thouand & Xavier Valentin - 2010.