Paralititan stromeri

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Paralititan

Conservation status: Fossil

Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Archosauria
Superorder:Dinosauria
Order:Saurischia
Suborder:Sauropodomorpha

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Family:Titanosauridae
Genus:Paralititan
Species

P. stromeri (Smith, Lamanna,
   Lacovara, Dodson, Smith, Poole,
   Giegengack & Attia, 2001)

Paralititan stromeri (paralititan) was a huge plant-eating sauropod dinosaur living during the middle Cretaceous period.

The Paralititan had a long neck, small head, bulky body, and long tail. It was about 24–30 m long (78–100 ft) and weighed approximately 70 tonnes (75–80 tons).

Paralititan lived in a mangrove ecosystem along the southern shore of the Tethys Sea. It is the first dinosaur demonstrated to have inhabited a mangrove biome.

Fossils were found in Bahariya Oasis, Egypt.

Etymology

Paralititan stromeri means "Ernest Stromer's tidal titan". It was named by Joshua B. Smith, Matthew C. Lamanna, Kenneth J. Lacovara, Peter Dodson, Jennifer B. Smith, Jason C. Poole, Robert Giegengack and Usery Attia in 2001 to honor Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach, a German paleontologist and geologist who found dinosaurs in this area in the early 1900's.

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