Dinosaurs: Antarctosaurus, the southern lizard

Dinosaurs: Antarctosaurus, the southern lizard

Antarctosaurus file

Translation: Southern lizard
Description: Herbivore, quadruped
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
Family: Titanosauridae
Height: 6.1 meters
Length: 18 meters
Weight: 36,300 - 45,360 kg
Period: Cretaceous higher

The Antarctosaurus is a genre of titanosaur that inhabited the Earth in the Cretaceous period in South America, in turn being one of the largest dinosaurs that has ever lived in the southern hemisphere.

The remains of this dinosaur are first mentioned in print in 1916, although it was not fully described until 1929, when paleontologist Friedrich von Huene wrote a monograph on it.

Contrary to popular belief, the Antarctosaurus does not get its name from the continent of Antarctica, but owes its name to the same derivation of the Greek "anti", What is it "opposite”, “arktos", what does it mean "north", Y "saurus", what does it mean "lizard”.

It was found for the first time in Argentina in 1912 by the geologist Ricardo Wichmann.

There is also the Antarctosaurus jaxarticus It was found in Kazakhstan, but is known only from a femur.

Image: StockPhotos - By Sebastian Kaulitzki on Shutterstock

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