Bonatitan

Name: Bonatitan ‭(‬Bonaparte’s titan‭ ‬-‭ ‬named after Josť Fernando Bonaparte‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bon-ah-ty-tan.
Named By: ‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Martinelli‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Forasiepi‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosaira,‭ ‬Saltasauridae.
Species: B.‭ ‬reigi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains,‭ ‬but is noted as being of a small size.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Rio Negro Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Allen Formation.
Time period: Campanian-Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Brain case and partial post cranial remains.‭ ‬Fossil remains of two individuals are known.

       Named after the famous palaeontologist Josť Fernando Bonaparte for his contributions to the advancement of palaeontology,‭ ‬Bonatitan seems to have actually been quite a small titanosaur.‭ ‬Hailing from the Allen Formation,‭ ‬Bonatitan likely shared its habitat with other dinosaurs such as other titanosaurs like Saltasaurus,‭ ‬Laplatasaurus,‭ ‬Aeolosaurus and Rocasaurus and the hadrosaurs Lapampasaurus and Willinakaqe.‭ ‬Predatory threats may have come from theropod dinosaurs such as Austroraptor.‭ ‬Large numbers of fish and turtle fossils are also known indicating the presence of a lot of water in the ecosystem of Bonatitian while the pterosaur Aerotitan is also known to have been present.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Late Cretaceous vertebrates from Bajo de Santa Rosa‭ (‬Allen Formation‭)‬,‭ ‬Rio Negro province,‭ ‬Argentina,‭ ‬with the description of a new sauropod dinosaur‭ (‬Titanosauridae‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales‭ ‬6‭(‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬257-305.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Martinelli‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Forasiepi‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.



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