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Wintonotitan (T. Tischler)

Name:

Wintonotitan (Greek for "Winton giant"); pronounced win-TONE-oh-tie-tan

Habitat:

Woodlands of Australia

Historical Period:

Middle Cretaceous (100 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 50 feet long and 10 tons

Diet:

Plants

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Large size; probably armor plating on back

About Wintonotitan:

For the last 75 years or so, Australia has been a relative wasteland when it comes to sauropod discoveries. That all changed in 2009, with the announcement of not one, but two new sauropod genera: Diamantinasaurus and Wintonititan, comparably sized titanosaurs represented by sparse fossil remains. Like most titanosaurs, Wintonititan probably had a rudimentary layer of armored skin along its back, the better to deter the large, hungry theropods of its Australian ecosystem.

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