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A Giant Sauropod Dinosaur from an Upper Cretaceous Mangrove Deposit in Egypt

Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1704-1706
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060561

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Abstract

We describe a giant titanosaurid sauropod dinosaur discovered in coastal deposits in the Upper Cretaceous Bahariya Formation of Egypt, a unit that has produced threeTyrannosaurus-sized theropods and numerous other vertebrate taxa. Paralititan stromeri is the first tetrapod reported from Bahariya since 1935. Its 1.69-meter-long humerus is longer than that of any known Cretaceous sauropod. The autochthonous scavenged skeleton was preserved in mangrove deposits, raising the possibility that titanosaurids and their predators habitually entered such environments.

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