Name: Lirainosaurus ‭(‬Slender lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Le-rayn-o-sore-us.
Named By: J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Sanz,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Powell,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Le Loeuff,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Martinez‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬Pereda-Suberbiola‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.
Classification: Chodata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria.
Species: L.‭ ‬astibae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated to be somewhere between‭ ‬8‭ ‬and‭ ‬10‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Sierra Perenchiza Formation‭ & ‬Vitoria Formation.
Time period: Campanian to early Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Fragmentary and partial remains of several individuals.

       Although around eight to ten meters long in life,‭ ‬Lirainosaurus was still pretty small for a titanosaur.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬while the fossils of several individuals have been found,‭ ‬and from most parts of the skeleton,‭ ‬these remains are usually very fragmentary.‭ ‬The fossils that are known indicate that Lirainosaurus was a fairly gracile‭ (‬lightly built‭) ‬titanosaur,‭ ‬and was possibly related to other genera such as Saltasaurus.‭ ‬This interpretation is supported by the discovery of osteoderm armour associated with Lirainosaurus remains.‭ ‬In life these osteoderms would have been plates of bone that lay just below the outer surface of skin to provide some defence from attack.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬Sauropod remains from the Upper Cretaceous of Laņo‭ (‬north central Spain‭)‬.‭ ‬Titanosaur phylogenetic relationships‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Sanz,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Powell,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Le Loeuff,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Martinez‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬Pereda-Suberbiola‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.


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