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Paleontologists have pieced together the most complete skeleton yet of a
titanosaur, finally putting a face on one of the world's most common, but
least understood dinosaurs.
The juvenile creature, which lived 65-70 million years ago, was discovered
in a quarry in Madagascar.
Having now recovered an exceptional specimen, with both head and body
intact for the first time, Kristina Curry Rogers said paleontologists
could build a more realistic picture of titanosaurs.
It settled, she said, the argument over whether these animals had a
slender-snouted, horsey look with nostrils on top of the head and small
teeth positioned to the front of the jaw; or rather a bulldog-shaped head
with nostrils on the side.
Rapetosaurus krausei shows the former to be the case.