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Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
Family: Titanosauridae
Genus: Titanosaurus
Lydekker, 1877
  • T. indicus Lydekker, 1877 (type)
  • ?T. blanfordi Lydekker, 1879

Titanosaurus [1] is a genus of sauropod dinosaur, first described by Lydekker in 1877 from fragments, but not confirmed by later research.[2]

Titanosaurus was 9-12 metres (30-40 ft) long and weighed about 13 tons. Titanosaurus has traditionally been treated as a "wastebin taxon" for poorly preserved sauropod remains

The most well-known species of Titanosaurus, "Titanosaurus" colberti, has been renamed Isisaurus. It is from the Upper Cretaceous of India.

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  1. meaning 'titanic lizard' - named after the mythological 'Titans', deities of Ancient Greece
  2. Lydekker R. 1877. Notices of new and other Vertebrata from Indian Tertiary and Secondary rocks. Records of the Geological Survey of India, 10(1): 30-43.