Mendozasaurus

Name: Mendozasaurus ‭(‬Medoza lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Men-doe-zah-sore-us.
Named By: B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬González Riga‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia.‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria.
Species: M.‭ ‬neguyelap‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Mendoza province.
Time period: Turonian/Coniacian.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Mendozasaurus is a genus of titanosaur that lived in South America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Although only known from incomplete remains,‭ ‬Mendozasaurus is thought to have had quite a long neck as well as osteoderms in the skin.‭ ‬Osteoderm armour in the skin has been observed in some other South American titanosaurs,‭ ‬with the most well known‭ ‬being‭ ‬the genus Saltasaurus.‭ ‬Mendozasaurus is considered to be quite closely related to genera such as Quetecsaurus and Futalognkosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new titanosaur‭ (‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Sauropoda‭) ‬from the Upper Cretaceous of Mendoza,‭ ‬Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Amehginiana‭ ‬40:‭ ‬155-172.‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬González Riga‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
-‭ ‬Fossil preservation of large titanosaur sauropods in overbank fluvial facies:‭ ‬a case study in the Cretaceous of Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of South American Earth Sciences‭ ‬23:‭ ‬290-303.‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬González Riga‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬Astin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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