The Titanosaurus was a genus of sauropod that reached sizes of up to 40 feet long. For a long time, the existence of Titanosaurus as a discrete genus served only as a home for anomalous sauropod fossils that were suspected of being a distinct genus. Over time, however, many of the features that distinguish Titanosaurus have been found to be quite common in other sauropod remains.
Titanosaurus is often depicted as a burly sauropod, like Apatasaurus or Diplodocus, but with a thicker, broader neck and shorter tail. However, these reconstructions are considered dubious at best, since it is not known for certain if a specific sauropod genus of Titanosaurus exists.
Titanosaurus is also the name of a fictional Kaiju monster in Godzilla films. This creature is not related to the pre-historic Titanosaurus. It is depicted as bipedal, with a distinctive crest atop its head. If an illustration shows Titanosaurus walking about on two legs, it is probably not a dinosaur but a rampaging Kaiju!
Quick facts about Titanosaurus:
- Existed from Campanian Age to 66 million years ago
- Lived in a terrestrial habitat
- Was a herbivore
- Reproduced by laying eggs
- Had a body mass of approximately 6285699 g
- Fossil femurs are approximately 1000 mm long and wide
- 4 different specimens have been found by paleontologists
All the Titanosaurus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore: