Dinosaurs that lived in South America

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South American Dinosaurs

South America was very different during the time of the dinosaurs:
  • During the early part of the Mesozoic Era (the Triassic Period), South America was joined with all the other continents in one super-continent known as Pangaea.

  • By the Jurassic Period, Pangaea begun to break up into two smaller super-continents: Laurasia and Gondwanaland. South America was part of the southern super-continent, Gondwanaland, which consisted of Africa, India, Australia and Antartica, as well as South America.

  • By the Cretaceous Period, Gondwanaland begun to break-up: South America separated from Africa and Antarctica, India begun a long journey northwards, and Australia too broke from Antarctica and begun to move North. Eventually South America would become an isolated island continent, and it remained so until quite recently (long after the dinosaurs became extinct) when the Isthmus of Panama joined it to North America.
Dinosaurs that lived in South America include:

Dinosaur Dinosaur Location

Argentinosaurus lived in Argentina.

Aucasaurus lived in Argentina.

Buitreraptor lived in Argentina.

Carnotaurus lived in South America.

Giganotosaurus lived in southern Argentina.

Herrerasaurus lived in Northwest Argentina.

Iguanodon lived in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

Kritosaurus lived in North America, and possibly South America.

Mussaurus lived in southern Argentina.

Pisanosaurus lived in Argentina.

Riojasaurus lived in South America.

Saltasaurus lived in South America (fossils have been found in Argentina and Uruguay).

Staurikosaurus lived in South America.

Unaysaurus lived in South America.

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