Name: Rinconsaurus ‭(‬Rincon lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Rin-con-sore-us.
Named By: Calvo‭ & ‬Riga‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria.
Species: R.‭ ‬caudamirus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬11‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Argentina,‭ ‬Neuquén Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Neuquén Formation.
Time period: Turonian to Coniacian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains and a fragment of a skull.

       Rinconsaurus was a relatively small titanosaur that lived in South America during the late Cretaceous period.‭ ‬Not too much is known about Rinconsaurus other than it appears to have had a more gracile‭ (‬lightweight‭) ‬build than some titanosaurs.‭ ‬Teeth associated with the type specimen are also termed chisel-like which means that Rinconsaurus probably snipped off fronds of vegetation rather than stripping it between peg-like teeth like some sauropods.‭ ‬Rinconsaurus is thought to be closely related to Aeolosaurus which has sometimes seen it described as a member of the Aeolosaurini.
       Another titanosaur from the same formation as Rinconsaurus is Antarctosaurus.

Further reading
- Rinconsaurus caudamirus gen. et sp. nov., a new titanosaurid (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina. - Revista Geológica de Chile 30(2):333-353. - J. O. Calvo & B. J. González Riga - 2003.


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