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The first record of a sauropod dinosaur from Antarctica

  • Ignacio A. CerdaEmail author
  • Ariana Paulina Carabajal
  • Leonardo Salgado
  • Rodolfo A. Coria
  • Marcelo A. Reguero
  • Claudia P. Tambussi
  • Juan J. Moly
Short Communication


Sauropoda is one of the most diverse and geographically widespread clades of herbivorous dinosaurs, and until now, their remains have now been recovered from all continental landmasses except Antarctica. We report the first record of a sauropod dinosaur from Antarctica, represented by an incomplete caudal vertebra from the Late Cretaceous of James Ross Island. The size and morphology of the specimen allows its identification as a lithostrotian titanosaur. Our finding indicates that advanced titanosaurs achieved a global distribution at least by the Late Cretaceous.


Antarctic Peninsula Upper Cretaceous Titanosauria Lithostrotia 



Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Técnica (PICT-2007-0365 to M.R. and C.P.T) and Instituto Antártico Argentino provided field trip funding. J. González prepared the illustrations on Fig. 2. R. Sissons, A. Green, and P.D. Mannion provided useful comments on this manuscript. The comments and suggestions of three anonymous reviewers greatly enhanced the quality of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignacio A. Cerda
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ariana Paulina Carabajal
    • 2
  • Leonardo Salgado
    • 1
  • Rodolfo A. Coria
    • 2
    • 3
  • Marcelo A. Reguero
    • 4
    • 5
  • Claudia P. Tambussi
    • 4
  • Juan J. Moly
    • 6
  1. 1.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICET), INIBIOMA, Museo de Geología y Paleontología Universidad Nacional del ComahueBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.CONICET, Museo Carmen FunesPlaza HuinculArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto de Investigación en Paleobiología y GeologíaUniversidad Nacional de Río NegroGeneral RocaArgentina
  4. 4.CONICET, División Paleontología de Vertebrados, Museo de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  5. 5.Instituto Antártico ArgentinoCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina
  6. 6.División Paleontología de Vertebrados, Museo de La PlataLa PlataArgentina

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