Fun Facts: Dinosaurs of Patagonia

Discover secrets about the herbivores and carnivores from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic featured in this extraordinary exhibition!
From the oldest of dinosaurs aged over 200 million years to the tiniest of creatures measuring up to 75cm, delve into the dino detail with our fun facts. 

Mesozoic Era 252 - 66 million years ago
Triassic Period 252 - 201 million years ago
Jurassic Period 201 - 140 million years ago
Cretaceous Period 140 - 66 million years ago

 

Explore fun facts from our palaeontologists

Click on each dinosaur to learn more.

Patagotitan mayorum was a gigantic sauropod dinosaur that lived in the Chubut Province of Argentina during the Early Cretaceous period.

Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis was a 3 to 6-metre-long predatory dinosaur that stalked northwestern Argentina during the Late Triassic period.

Eoabelisaurus mefi was a 6-metre-long theropod dinosaur from the Chubut Provence of Argentina that lived during the Early Jurassic period.

Carnotaurus sastrei was a lightly built, 8-metre-long theropod dinosaur that roamed the Chubut Province of Argentina during the Late Cretaceous period.

During the Early Jurassic period central Patagonia was inhabited by Condorraptor currumili, a 5-metre long theropod dinosaur.

During the Early Cretaceous period, in what is now the Chubut Province of Argentina, an enormous predatory theropod named Tyrannotitan chubutensis made its presence known.

Manidens condorensis was a diminutive species of ornithischian dinosaur that inhabited the Chubut province of Argentina during the Jurassic period.

Gasparinisaura cincosaltensis was a species of ornithopod dinosaur that lived in northern Patagonia during the Late Cretaceous period.

During the Late Triassic period Eoraptor lunensis, a metre-long omnivorous biped roamed what is now northwestern Argentina.

Leonerasaurus taquetrensis was a species of 2.5-metre-long herbivorous dinosaur that roamed central Patagonia during the Late Triassic or early Jurassic period.

Brachytrachelopan mesai was a bizarre short-necked sauropod dinosaur that inhabited the Chubut province of Argentina during the Late Jurassic period.

During the Early Cretaceous period a very bizarre sauropod dinosaur, Amargasaurus cazaui, inhabited what is now northern Patagonia.

During the Late Cretaceous period Neuquensaurus australis, a 7 to 8-metre long sauropod dinosaur, roamed the land of what is now Argentina and Uruguay.


Special thanks to Rhys Meyerkort, WA Museum Earth + Planetary Sciences volunteer (student), for putting these facts together.