Named By: Pablo Ariel Gallina, Juan Ignacio Canale & José Luis Carballido - 2021.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dniosauria, Saurischia, Sauropoda, Titanosauria.
Species: N. zapatai (type).
Known locations: Argentina, Neuquén Province - Bajada Colorada Formation.
Time period: Berriasian/Valanginian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.
is a genus of titanosaurid
dinosaur that lived in South America during
the Early Cretaceous. A very interesting thing about the Ninjatitan
genus is that the holotype fossil remains were recovered from a
Berriasian/Valanginian aged fossil deposit, which indicates that
Ninjatitan may have been amongst the first
definitive titanosaurs to
walk the Earth. For those uncertain about the terminology, the
titanosaurs were descended from the sauropod dinosaurs of the
Jurassic, but evolved from a set group of ancestors to form their own
distinct family line.
- The earliest known titanosaur sauropod dinosaur. - Ameghiniana, 58(1), 35–51. - Pablo Ariel Gallina, Juan Ignacio Canale & José Luis Carballido - 2021.