Aegyptosaurus ‭(‬Egypt lizard‭)

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Aegyptosaurus ‭(‬Egypt lizard‭)

Phonetic : Ay-jipt-o-sore-us

Named By : Ernst Stromer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 15 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Sauropod

Type Species : A.‭ ‬baharijensis‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : Egypt‭ ‬-‭ ‬Baharîje Formation.‭ ‬Niger‭ ‬-‭ ‬Irhazer Shales Formation

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 98-93 million years ago

Aegyptosaurus /i::dZIptoU’so:r@s/ (meaning “Egypt’s lizard”) is an genus of sauropod dinosaurs believed to have been found in the area that is today Africa approximately the age of 95 million in the Late Cretaceous Period (Cenomanian faunal stage). As with all sauropods, it had a long neck as well as smaller skull. The tail of the animal may have functioned as an alternative to the body’s mass. Aegyptosaurus was closely related to Argentinosaurus the larger dinosaur that was found within South America.

Aegyptosaurus
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Aegyptosaurus was ascribed in the works of German paleontologist Ernst Stromer in 1932. The fossils of the dinosaur have been discovered within the Bahariya Formation of Egypt, Niger (Farak Formation) and at different sites in the Sahara Desert. The common name, Aegyptosaurus, is derived from the place in which it was first discovered, and also from the Greek sauros, which means lizard.. The entire collection was discovered prior to 1939. The fossils were gathered together in Munich however they were destroyed after an Allied bombing attack destroyed the museum in which they were stored in 1944, in the course of World War II. The only remnants from other specimens remain generally made up of unclear fossils found in Niger.

The Holotype (1912VIII61) is comprised of three vertebrae caudal, an scapula that is partially encased, and several limb bones, all of which were found in Egypt.

In 2010 Gregory S. Paul estimated the length 15 metres (49 feet) and its mass of 7 tons (7.7 small tons).

Source: Wikipedia