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ANATOTITAN

a dubious saurolophine hadrosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
anatotitan
Pronunciation: an-at-oh-TIE-tan
Meaning: Giant Duck
Author/s: Surman and Molnar (1990)
Synonyms: Anatosaurus
First Discovery: South Dakota, USA
Chart Position: 281

Anatotitan copei

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(Cope's Giant Duck) Etymology
Anatotitan is derived from the Latin "anat" (duck) referring to its broad, flat, duck-like bill , and "Titan", a mythical Greek Giant, referring to its gigantic-ness.
The species epithet (or specific name), copei, honors American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope.
Discovery
The Giant Duck was discovered in the Hell Creek Formation, north-east of the Black Hills, South Dakota, U.S.A. in 1882.
The holotype (AMNH 5730) is a complete skull and most of a skeleton.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 67-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 12 meters
Est. max. hip height: 4 meters
Est. max. weight: 6 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Lull RS and Wright NE (1942) "Hadrosaurian Dinosaurs of North America".
• Michael K. Brett-Surman (1989) "A revision of the Hadrosauridae (Reptilia:Ornithischia) and their evolution during the Campanian and Maastrichtian". Ph.D. dissertation. Washington, D.C.: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of The George Washington University.
• Horner JR, DB Weishampel and CA Forster (2004) "Hadrosauridae" in Weishampel, Osmólska and Dodson (eds.) "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
• Chapman R and Brett-Surman MK (1990) "Morphometric Observations on Hadrosaurid Ornithopods" in "Dinosaur Systematics: Approaches and Perspectives".
• Benjamin S. Creisler (2007) "Deciphering duckbills: a history in nomenclature" in K. Carpenter (ed.) "Horns and Beaks: Ceratopsian and Ornithopod Dinosaurs".
• Campione N and Evans D (2011) "Cranial Growth and Variation in Edmontosaurs (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae): Implications for Latest Cretaceous Megaherbivore Diversity in North America". PLoS ONE, 6 (9) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025186.
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