Name: Talenkauen ‭(‬small skull‭)‬.
Phonetic: Tah-len-kow-en.
Named By: F.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Novas,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Cambiaso‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Ambrosio‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda,‭ ‬Iguanodontia.
Species: T.‭ ‬santacrucensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬4‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pari Aike Formation.
Time period: Early Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: ‭Partial remains.

       Talenkauen is a genus of small to medium sized ornithopod dinosaur that lived in South America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Noted for being similar in overall build to the much older Dryosaurus from North America,‭ ‬some of the most notable features of Talenkauen include an arrangement of oval plates that run alongside the rib cage.‭ ‬These plates seem to be far too few in number to have served a defensive purpose,‭ ‬but an alternate theory is that they may have aided respiration with the movement of the rib cage to allow the lungs to process a larger volume of air.
       Possible predatory threats to Talenkauen include theropod dinosaurs such as Orkoraptor.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new basal iguanodontian‭ (‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia‭) ‬from the Upper Cretaceous of Patagonia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ameghiniana‭ ‬41‭(‬1‭)‬:75-82.‭ ‬-‭ ‬F.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Novas,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Cambiaso‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Ambrosio‭ ‬-‭ ‬2004.


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