Fun Uberabatitan Facts For Kids

Monika Sharma
Jan 31, 2023 By Monika Sharma
Originally Published on Sep 23, 2021
Edited by Kidadl Team
Fact-checked by Gowri Rao
A lesser known Uberabatitan fact is they are from the formation Bauru group upper Cretaceous minas Gerais Brazil.
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.7 Min

The Uberabatitan ribeiroi, a new titanosaur, is a splendid species of dinosaurs that lived on this planet in the Marília formation. The specimen of this species belongs to the Chordata phylum and is also assumed to be related to the titanosaur from the Marília. Later they were assumed to be very different from titanosaurs as these vertebrae dinosaurs lived in the Jurassic epoch and also at the end of the Cretaceous period. Nonetheless, both the vertebra are quite similar and their fossil remains speak of that. Both species were assigned the same genus and later on it was also found that a new titanosaur, the Uberabatitan ribeiroi, lived in the minas Gerais Brazil and the first specimen of these vertebrae was found by de Souza. The new titanosaur was considered to be from the bauru group upper Cretaceous or the Marília formation Bauru group like another titanosaur. The first specimen, which was found by Brazil paleontology, led to the revelation that only one specimen all across the world has now come to be seen in the public eyes. The analysis and record or even the slightest of reference of this speak a lot about this late Cretaceous titanosaur. Various researchers such as Salgado and Carvalho described plenty about their behavior and their terrestrial habitat, which can be a tough task given only one species of this ubera titan was discovered by the Carvalho 2008 formation. Brazil palaeontology 51's discovery of the body material revealed many references such as the dinosaur's age, the locality it lived in, and how large the Sauropoda body size could get. The study by A.G Martinelli, de Souza and Carvalho also helped in the classification of these vertebrae. To learn more about such incredible creatures from the Maastrichtian age make sure to check out our articles on dinosaur facts and woolly mammoth facts.

Uberabatitan Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Uberabatitan'?

The formation and discovery of the formation Bauru group upper led to the revealing of the ribeiroi, a new titanosaur. The upper cretaceous Minas Gerais and Minas Gerais Brazil along with the formation Bauru group upper is a geological group of the Bauru sub-basin. The Uberabatitan ribeiroi and many such sauropods of the Uberaba genus are found here. When the vertebra was found on the group upper cretaceous minas, they were pronounced as Uberaba-titan.

What type of dinosaur was an Uberabatitan?

The Uberabatitan ribeiroi is known by the following name as it was found in the Cretaceous minas Gerais Brazil and was studied by Brazilian paleontology 51 by Salgado and Carvalho. Thus, its entire name is dedicated to the place it was found back in 2008 as per the publication date on some partial basis. The other half of its name comes from its class Sauropoda. These Sauropoda were last assumed to live in the Maastrichtian age.

In which geological period did the Uberabatitan roam the Earth?

Due to the help of recent studies done on this Sauropoda, it's possible to assume that Uberabatitan ribeiroi and other such vertebra and several other titanosaurs walked on this Earth during the Maastrichtian age and the Cretaceous period. Now only fossil remains and genetic material such as bones of these dinosaurs, including others who lived in that time, are found on the lower and upper cretaceous Minas Gerais.

When did the Uberabatitan become extinct?

Like many other dinosaurs and sauropods, the Uberabatitan ribeiroi became extinct after the Maastrichtian age due to unfavorable living conditions on Earth which was the result of asteroid collisions and other natural disasters.

Where did an Uberabatitan live?

From the discovered Uberabatitan fossil it can be assumed and traced back to those days where these dinosaurs may have lived. This type of Sauropoda inhabited South America and also regions of Brazil such as the Cretaceous Minas Gerais Brazil, the upper Cretaceous Minas Gerais and which eventually led to the formation Bauru group upper. The Bauru group upper Cretaceous helped scientists discover many fossils and specimens. Researchers such as Salgado, Carvalho, and de Souza believed that this new titanosaur with the name Uberabatitan lived here.

What was an Uberabatitan's habitat?

The Carvalho 2008 research revealed that this new titanosaur with the name Uberabatitan is a herbivore and an ideal uberabatitan habitat would be terrestrial regions.

Who did an Uberabatitan live with?

The last specimen of this genus which was discovered in the Uberaba region may have lived with other vertebrae and titanosaurs. The late Cretaceous titanosaur lived with Tyrannosaurus rex, and the current day owls and sparrows share some family lineage with these meat-eating dinosaurs classification. Their origin can be traced back to theropods in the end.

How long did an Uberabatitan live?

Sauropods believed to have lived for around 100-200 years, when drawn a comparison between them and turtles and crocodiles. However, these comparisons were strictly partial based on their size. Many dinosaurs from the Bauru group upper Cretaceous Minas Gerais Brazil like the Uberabatitan ribeiroi from the Uberaba region and the Trigonosaurus were quadrupedal and were also known to be larger in size than most dinosaurs based on studies of researchers such as Martinelli. This Uberabatitan ribeiroi only lived for 70-80 years as described by Carvalho, Salgado, and record-based analysis.

How did they reproduce?

References and record studies by Salgado, de Souza and Carvalho 2008 on their fossil and living behavior indicated that they laid two eggs and reproduced like any other reptile of today's age.

Uberabatitan Fun Facts

What did an Uberabatitan look like?

This species is known for long bones in its neck, back, and tail along with its pelvic bones. It had large black spots on its back and its underparts were mostly in a single color: they were brownish yellow in color. Not much is known except this about their looks.

**We've been unable to source an image of an Uberabatitan and have used an image of a Nanshiungosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of an Uberabatitan, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

How many bones did an Uberabatitan have?

Not much is known about this; however, the Uberabatitan was four times larger in size than any other herbivore.

How did they communicate?

The ribeiroi, a new titanosaur from the group upper Cretaceous Minas, communicated through vocal sounds and visual interpretations.

How big was an Uberabatitan?

This vertebra was twice as big as whale sharks and thrice as big as an Asian elephant.

How fast could an Uberabatitan move?

The ribeiroi, a new titanosaur from the Marília formation Bauru group, was very heavy and it's possible that its weight slowed down its speed.

How much did an Uberabatitan weigh?

Let's trace back to the date where this type of vertebra lived on Earth, meaning the Maastrichtian times. In those times this titanosaur from the Marília weighed around 16,000-20,000 lb (8-10 ton).

What were the male and female names of the species?

According to the known study on these vertebrae from 2008, the two sexes are not addressed with a different name.

What would you call a baby Uberabatitan?

Baby Uberabatitans or babies of vertebrae were called hatchlings, just like babies of any other reptile.

What did they eat?

The Uberabatitan diet was strictly herbivorous and they would only feed on plants and leaves or fruits.

How aggressive were they?

As described by Carvalho, Salgado, and de Souza, the study of this vertebra by Carvalho 2008 indicated they were not aggressive like other vertebrae in their locality.

Did you know...

This vertebra existed 60-77 million years ago.

How did the Uberabatitan get its name?

The Titanosaur from the Marília got its name due to its habitat as per pieces of information that come from many references. The Uberabatitan size did not play any role in its naming. Its recent habitat, including the Uberaba, is known to be behind the name of these vertebrae.

What terrain did the Uberabatitan live in?

The locality of the Uberabatitan ribeiroi was terrestrial and covered regions such as the Bauru group upper Cretaceous Minas Gerais Brazil and led to the formation of the geological group Marília Formation.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly dinosaur facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other creatures from our great white shark facts and Thresher shark facts.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Uberabatitan mask coloring pages.

The main image is owned by Dmitry Bogdanov (dmitrchel@mail.ru).

The second image is owned by Mariana Ruiz.

*We've been unable to source an image of an Uberabatitan and have used an image of a Barapasaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of an Uberabatitan, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

Uberabatitan Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Fruits, seeds, and leaves

what Type of Animal were they?

Herbivore

Average Litter Size?

10

What Did They Look Like?

Yellowish brown

How Much Did They Weigh?

16,000-20,000 lb (8-10 ton)

Skin Type

Hard scales

How Long Were They?

78.7-85.3 ft ( 24-26 m)

How Tall Were They?

40-60 ft (12-18 m)

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Sauropsida

Genus

Uberabatitan

Family

Titamosauridae

Scientific Name

Uberabatitan ribeiroi

What Were Their Main Threats?

Natural disasters

What Habitat Did They Live In?

Minas Gerais

Where Did They Live?

South America
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Written by Monika Sharma

Bachelor of Science specializing in Electronics and Telecommunication

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Monika SharmaBachelor of Science specializing in Electronics and Telecommunication

With a passion for crafting engaging and informative content, Monika brings a wealth of writing experience to our team. Her Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunications from Symbiosis Institute Of Technology adds a unique perspective to her work, allowing her to effectively communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise manner. Over the past two years, Monika has perfected her writing skills through her roles as a content writer, content manager, and digital marketer for reputable companies in both the USA and India. This hands-on experience has provided her with a deep understanding of industry trends and best practices, ensuring that the content she produces is always of the highest quality. She stays current with the latest field developments,continuously refining her skills to deliver exceptional content.

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