Isizaurus

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Isizaurus known for?

Isisaurus is a genus of titanosaurian dinosaur that lived in India and Pakistan during the Late Cretaceous period, about 70 to 66 million years ago.

It is named after the Indian Statistical Institute, where the fossils were first studied.

Isisaurus is known for having a short, vertically directed neck and long forelimbs, making it different from other sauropods.

It also had a robust and compact skull, resembling the skulls of diplodocids.

It was a medium-sized sauropod, measuring 18 meters long and weighing 15 metric tons.

Isisaurus is one of the most well-known sauropod genera discovered in India, as it is known from better remains than many other titanosaurs.

The type specimen includes cervical, dorsal, sacral and caudal vertebrae, ribs, pelvis, scapula, coracoid, left forelimb and other bones.

No skull, hindlimb, or foot bones are known.

A braincase referrable to the species is known from Pakistan.

Isisaurus was probably a plant-eating dinosaur that fed on the leaves of trees.

It may have had skin ossifications, or bony plates, on its body, as many other titanosaurs did.

It was one of the last sauropods to exist, as it lived near the end of the Mesozoic era, when a mass extinction event wiped out most of the dinosaurs.
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Where does the Isizaurus live?

Isisaurus is a genus of titanosaurian dinosaur that lived in the Late Cretaceous period, about 70-66 million years ago.
Isisaurus was found in the Lameta Formation of India and the Pab Formation of Pakistan, which are equivalent in age and geology.
These formations are composed of sedimentary rocks that were deposited by rivers and lakes in a tropical or subtropical climate.
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