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PUERTASAURUS

a plant-eating lognkosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina.
Pronunciation: PWUHR-tuh-SOR-us
Meaning: Pablo Puerta's Lizard
Author/s: Novas et al. (2005)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Santa Cruz, Argentina
Chart Position: 465

Puertasaurus reuili

The remains of Puertasaurus are huge. So huge, in fact, that paleontologists had to smash its one known back vertebrae into 3 pieces and drag each bit, wrapped in plaster, through a valley to a waiting truck for transport because it was just too heavy to move whole. Superglue is a wonderful thing.
(Puerta and Reuil's lizard)Etymology
Puertasaurus is derived from "Puerta" (for Pablo Puerta, Argentine fossil hunter and preparator) and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, reuili, honors paleontologist Santiago Reuil.
Discovery
The remains of Puertasaurus were discovered in the Pari Aike Formation at Cerro Los Hornos, La Leona, Santa Cruz, Argentina, by Pablo Puerta and Santiago Reuil in 2001.
The holotype (MPM 10002) is a cervical (neck) vertebra, a dorsal (back) vertebra, and two partial caudal (tail) vertebrae.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 71-68 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 35 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 70 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Novas FE, Salgado L, Calvo J and Agnolin F (2005) "Giant titanosaur (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia". Revisto del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, n.s. 7 (1): 37-41.
• Calvo JO, Porfiri JD, Gonzalez-Riga BJ, Kellner AW (2007) "Anatomy of Futalognkosaurus dukei Calvo, Porfiri, González Riga, & Kellner, 2007 - from the Neuquen Group, Late Cretaceous, Patagonia, Argentina". Arquivos do Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, 65(4): 511-526.
• Lacovara KJ, Ibiricu LM, Lamanna MC, Poole JC, Schroeter ER, Ullmann PV, Voegele KK, Boles ZM, Egerton VM, Harris JD, Martínez RD and Novas FE (2014) "A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur from Southern Patagonia, Argentina". Scientific Reports. 4: 6196.
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Atkinson, L. "PUERTASAURUS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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