The Elaltitan was a type of sauropod that fell under the category of titanosaurs. These animals were herbivorous in nature. This means that they only fed on plants and vegetation, and did not prey on other animals. It is not known if these animals had any natural predators. Keep reading to know more about these enormous herbivores!
It is pronounced as 'Ee-lal-tie-ton'. This was a generic name given to these titanosaurs which combined two words - Elal and titan. Elal referred to a God that the Tehuelche people of the Chubut Province believed in. Titan meant giant as per Greek mythology.
This dinosaur was a new Titanosaur genus. This extinct genus of the sauropods is comprised of a single species.
This dinosaur roamed the earth during the Late Cretaceous time period from the middle of the Cenomanian till the Turonian age.
These sauropods became extinct almost 90 million years ago.
The Elaltitan lived in South America. They were found in Argentina in its Chubut Province.
Their habitat stretched across mountains, coasts, and plains. They resided along the banks of the Chubut River.
Most sauropods could form social groups although the nature of the Elaltitan is not known.
Most dinosaurs had a lifespan of 70-80 years.
They reproduced by laying eggs like others of their kind.
Their fossils were studied in the field of vertebrate paleontology to get an idea about the Elaltitan appearance. The holotype of this animal comprised of the right femur, left scapula, right pubis, and three dorsal vertebrae, among others.
Dinosaurs had about 200 bones in their body.
These animals could communicate by body language, emitting sounds, hearing, seeing, and chemically perceiving their environment.
This animal from the Late Cretaceous period had a height of 66 ft (20 m). This large size of the Elaltitan was more than five times the height of a T-Rex. The femur measured was about 91 in (231 cm).
Dinosaurs could generally run at 23-55 mph (37-88.5 kph).
This animal from the Late Cretaceous period weighed around 50,700 lb (22,997 kg).
Both the male and female members of this species are called Elatitans.
A baby dinosaur is called a nestling or a hatchling.
These animals were not known to be much aggressive.
This species was first named and described in 2012 by Alejandro Otero and Philip D. Mannion.
The scientific name, Elaltitan lilloi, was given to this animal as a tribute to Miguel Lillo who contributed a lot to Tucumán's natural sciences.
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