Atsinganosaurus

Name: Atsinganosaurus ‭(‬gypsy lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: At-sing-ah-no-sore-us.
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)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain.
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.

       Atsinganosaurus 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 are 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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬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.



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