Sauropod dinosaur osteoderms from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.

@article{Rogers2011SauropodDO,
  title={Sauropod dinosaur osteoderms from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.},
  author={Kristina Curry Rogers and M. D'Emic and R. Rogers and M. Vickaryous and A. Cagan},
  journal={Nature communications},
  year={2011},
  volume={2},
  pages={
          564
        }
}
Osteoderms are bones embedded within the dermis, and are common to select members of most major tetrapod lineages. The largest known animals that bear osteoderms are members of Titanosauria, a diverse clade of sauropod dinosaurs. Here we report on two titanosaur osteoderms recovered from the Upper Cretaceous Maevarano Formation of Madagascar. Each osteoderm was discovered in association with a partial skeleton representing a distinct ontogenetic stage of the titanosaur Rapetosaurus krausei… Expand

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