Traukutitan

Name: Traukutitan ‭(‬Trauku titan‭)‬.
Phonetic: Twow-ku-ti-tan.
Named By: R.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Juárez Valieri‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Calvo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Lognkosauria‭?
Species: T.‭ ‬eocaudata‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Argentina‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bajo de la Carpa Formation.
Time period: Santonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial but semi articulated post cranial skeleton,‭ ‬with elements including‭ ‬13‭ ‬caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae and hind limb bones.

       Traukutitan is a genus of titanosaurian dinosaur that lived in South America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Traukutitan was named after Trauku,‭ ‬an Araucanian mountain spirit.‭ ‬The species name T.‭ ‬eocaudata is a reference to the primitive appearing form of the caudal vertebrae.‭ ‬There is speculation that Traukutitan was a lognkosaurian titanosaur,‭ ‬and this might fit given that lognkosaurians are well known from South America during the Santonian stage of the Cretaceous.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Report of a sauropod with amphiplatyan mid-caudal vertebrae from the Late Cretaceous of Neuquén province‭ (‬Argentina‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ameghiniana,‭ ‬30:‭ ‬215-218.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Leonardo Salgado‭ & ‬Jorge Orlando Calvo‭ ‬-‭ ‬1993.
-‭ ‬Revision of MUCPv‭ ‬204,‭ ‬a Senonian basal titanosaur from northern Patagonia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dinosaurios y Paleontología desde América Latina.‭ ‬Anales del III Congreso Latinoamericano de Paleontología.‭ ‬Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo,‭ ‬Neuquén‭ ‬143-152.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Juárez Valieri‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Calvo‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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