Name: Patagotitan.
Phonetic: Pah-tah-o-ty-tan.
Named By: J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Carballido,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Pol,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Otero,‭ ‬I.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cerda,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Salgado,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Garrido,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Ramezani,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Cúneo‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Krause‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Lognkosauria.
Species: P.‭ ‬mayorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Holotype roughly estimated to have been‭ ‬37‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Chubut Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cerro Barcino Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeletons of at least six individuals.

       Patagotitan is a genus of titanosaurian dinosaur that lived in South America towards the end of the Early Cretaceous.‭ ‬Titanosaurs are often known by only a handful of fossils,‭ ‬but Patagotitan has proved to be an exception.‭ ‬At the time of writing Patagotitan is known from the partial post cranial remains of at least six individuals,‭ ‬and these include remains of vertebrae‭ (‬neck,‭ ‬back and tail‭)‬,‭ ‬ribs,‭ ‬shoulders,‭ ‬front and back limbs.‭ ‬The large size of these bones has led to some crediting Patagotitan as the largest dinosaur ever,‭ ‬but this statement is highly speculative.‭ ‬The original describers estimated Patagotitan to have grown to about thirty-seven meters,‭ ‬though others have suggested less,‭ ‬and others more.‭ ‬Future discoveries and studies may well lead to further revisions.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new giant titanosaur sheds light on body mass evolution among sauropod dinosaurs.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B‭ ‬284:20171219:1-10.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Carballido,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Pol,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Otero,‭ ‬I.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cerda,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Salgado,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Garrido,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Ramezani,‭ ‬N.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Cúneo‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Krause‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


Random favourites