Sarmientosaurus

Name: Sarmientosaurus.
Phonetic: Sar-mine-to-sor-us.
Named By: R.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Martínez,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Lamanna,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Novas,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Ridgley,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Casal,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Martínez,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Vita‭ & ‬L.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Witmer‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischisa,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Lithostrotia.
Species: S.‭ ‬musacchioi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬43‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Total body length unknown.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bajo Barreal Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian/Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: ‭P‬artial skull,‭ ‬jaws and first seven cervical‭ (‬neck‭) ‬vertebrae.




       Named from a skull and seven neck vertebrae,‭ ‬Sarmientosaurus is a‭ ‬genus of titanosaur that lived in South America during the early stages of‭ ‬the Late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Sarmientosaurus is noted for having eyes sockets that were proportionately larger than in other titanosaurs.‭ ‬Studies of the inner ear area also show that held was likely held downwards at the end of the neck,‭ ‬suggesting that Sarmientosaurus specialised more in feeding upon lower growing vegetation.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A basal lithostrotian titanosaur‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Sauropoda‭) ‬with a complete skull:‭ ‬implications for the evolution and paleobiology of Titanosauria.‭ ‬PLoS ONE‭ ‬11‭(‬4‭)‬:e0151661:1-82.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Martínez,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Lamanna,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Novas,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Ridgley,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Casal,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Martínez,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Vita‭ & ‬L.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Witmer‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.



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