Loricosaurus

Name: Loricosaurus ‭(‬armour lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lo-ree-ko-sore-us.
Named By: Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1929.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Saltasaurinae.
Species: L.‭ ‬noricus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Impossible to know due to severe lack of skeletal remains.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Allen Formation.
Time period: Campanian/Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Osteoderms‭ (‬bony armour plates‭)‬.

       The description of Loricosaurus was first based upon the discovery of osteoderm armour that was initially perceived to have come from an ankylosaur.‭ ‬Later it was realised that these osteoderms actually came from a titanosaur,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬by themselves they are not very diagnostic of a distinct genus,‭ ‬which is why Loricosaurus is widely regarded as a nomen dubium.‭ ‬Fossils of one former species of Loricosaurus,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬scutatus,‭ ‬has already been identified as belonging to Neuquensaurus,‭ ‬while the type species,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬noricus may also be synonymous with Neuquensaurus,‭ ‬or perhaps alternatively Saltasaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Die Besonderheit der Titanosaurier‭ [‬The peculiarity of titanosaurs‭]‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Centralblatt für Mineralogie,‭ ‬Geologie und Paläontologie Abteilung A‭ ‬1929:493-499.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Friedrich von Huene‭ ‬-‭ ‬1929.



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