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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
Argentinosaurus
 
Argentinosaurus lived in Argentina.

Aucasaurus
Aucasaurus
 
Aucasaurus lived in Argentina.

Buitreraptor
Buitreraptor
 
Buitreraptor lived in Argentina.

Carnotaurus
Carnotaurus
 
Carnotaurus lived in South America.

Giganotosaurus
Giganotosaurus
 
Giganotosaurus lived in southern Argentina.

Herrerasaurus
Herrerasaurus
 
Herrerasaurus lived in Northwest Argentina.

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

Kritosaurus
Kritosaurus
 
Kritosaurus lived in North America, and possibly South America.

Mussaurus
Mussaurus
 
Mussaurus lived in southern Argentina.

Pisanosaurus
Pisanosaurus
 
Pisanosaurus lived in Argentina.

Riojasaurus
Riojasaurus
 
Riojasaurus lived in South America.

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

Staurikosaurus
Staurikosaurus
 
Staurikosaurus lived in South America.

Unaysaurus
Unaysaurus
 
Unaysaurus lived in South America.


   
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