STL Science Center

STL Science Center

01 November 2013

Keeper of the Winds

Aeolus, keeper of the winds in Greek mythology, would probably be a little more light on his feet than the dinosaur that can claim him as a namesake. Aeolosaurus is a genus consisting of three recognized species; A. rionegrinus Powell, 1987 (type), A. colhuehuapensis Casal et al., 2007, and A. maximus Santucci & De Arruba-Campos, 2011. This South American titanosaur of the Late Cretaceous measured in at approximately 45 ft (14 m), however, weight estimates are not accurate when available due to the loss of much of the skeleton. There are a number of distinguishing characters in the skeletal material that has been recovered and these, of course, will be topics of much consideration and discussion over the course of this week. We will start bright and early tomorrow in this discussion.

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