A sauropod belonging to the dinosaur group Titanosauria appears to have lived during the Early Cretaceous period, according to a study reported in PLoS ONE, providing evidence that sauropods lived beyond the Jurassic period. "We now realize that, in other parts of the world, particularly in South America and Asia, sauropod dinosaurs continued to flourish in the Cretaceous, so the thought that they were minor components is no longer a tenable view," said University of Pennsylvania paleontologist Peter Dodson. The remains of a juvenile Yongjinglong datangi were uncovered in northwestern China.

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