Name: Epachthosaurus ‭(‬Heavy lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: E-pak-foe-sore-us.
Named By: J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Powell‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Lithostrotia.
Species: E.‭ ‬sciuttoni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Up to ten meters long.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Chubut Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bajo Barreal Formation.
Time period: Cenomaian/Turnonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Remains of three individuals,‭ ‬one of which is represented by an articulated and almost complete partial post cranial specimen.

       Epachthosaurus is a genus of basal titanosaur that lived in South America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬This is significant because much more advanced titanosaurs were living in South America at this time,‭ ‬which in itself suggests that Epachthosaurus was a late surviving form.‭ ‬One individual of Epachthosaurus‭ (‬UNPSJB-PV‭ ‬920‭) ‬is represented by an almost complete skeleton lacking only the skull and some of the vertebrae,‭ ‬and is recognised as one of the most complete individual titanosaurifom skeletons so far discovered.
       Epachthosaurus seems to have been quite small for its type of dinosaur,‭ ‬and living in South America during the late Cretaceous,‭ ‬it may have been preyed upon by abelisaurs,‭ ‬and perhaps even carcharodontosaurs.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Epachthosaurus sciuttoi‭ (‬gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.‭)‬,‭ ‬un dinosaurio sauropodo del Cretácico de Patagonia‭ (‬Provincia de Chubut,‭ ‬Argentina‭) [‬Epachthosaurus sciuttoi‭ (‬gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.‭)‬,‭ ‬a sauropod dinosaur from the Cretaceous of Patagonia‭ (‬Chubut province,‭ ‬Argentina‭)]‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Actas del V Congreso Argentino de Paleontologia y Bioestratigrafia,‭ ‬Tucumán,‭ ‬Argentina‭ ‬1:123-128‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Powell‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.


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