Amygdalodon

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Amygdalodon
Temporal range: Middle Jurassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
Family: Eusauropoda
Genus: Amygdalodon
Species: A. patagonicus
Binomial name
Amygdalodon patagonicus
Cabrera, 1947

Amygdalodon (/əmɪɡˈdælədɒn/; "almond tooth" for its almond shaped teeth) was a genus of herbivorous dinosaur with a long neck. The dinosaur itself is from the Toarcian to Aalenian or Bajocian stage of the Jurassic (about 170 million years ago), and only a few bone fragments and teeth have been discovered. Very little is known about it, but it is one of the few Jurassic dinosaurs from South America found thus far.

Amygdalodon was 12 meters (50 feet) long, 4 meters (12 feet) tall. This quadrupedal dinosaur was very large, weighing over 5 tons.[1] The type species, Amygdalodon patagonicus, was described by Cabrera in Argentina in 1947.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul, G.S., 2010, The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, Princeton University Press p. 176
  2. ^ A. Cabrera. 1947. Un saurópodo nuevo del Jurásico de Patagonia. Instituto del Museo de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Notas del Mueso de La Plata, Paleontología 12(95):1-17

External links[edit]

  • DinoDictionary
  • José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol (2010) "The dentition of Amygdalodon patagonicus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) and the dental evolution in basal sauropods."