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Paralititan

Paralititan, meaning “near sea titan”, is a genus of titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Egypt. It was the discovered in the Bahariya Formation in 1935. The type species, P. stromeri, was named in 2001 to honor Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach, a German paleontologist who discovered dinosaurs in this area in the early 1900s.

The humerus of Paralititan is 5.5 feet long, much longer than other known Cretaceous sauropod. Little is known of Paralititan, so the exact size is difficult to estimate. But based on what fossil remains were gathered, it is believed this dinosaur may have been one of the most massive dinosaurs to have ever lived. Scientists estimate its weight may have been around 65 tons. Its length has been estimated at 85 feet. Like other titanosaurs, it had a wide stance and may have possessed body armor for defense.

The Paralititan skeleton was found preserved in tidal flat deposits containing fossil mangrove vegetation. The mangrove ecosystem was situated along the southern shore of the Tethys Sea. Paralititan is the first dinosaur described as living in a mangrove habitat. Paralititan may have been hunted by large predatory dinosaurs, but evidence suggests that the type specimen found was scavenged after death.

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