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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Aerotitan sudamericanus by primevalraptor-d5os1ep
An artist's illustration of Aerotitan sudamericanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Pterosauria
Suborder: Pterodactyloidea
Family: Azhdarchidae
Genus: Aerotitan
Novas et al., 2012
Binomial name
Aerotitan sudamericanus
Novas et al., 2012

Aerotitan ("air titan") is a pterosaur from Cretaceous Patagonia, Argentina. It was around 5 meters, which is 16 and a half feet long. It was discovered in 2012.

The type species Aerotitan sudamericanus was named and described in 2012 by Fernando Novas, Martin Kundrat, Federico Agnolín, Martin Ezcurra, Per Erik Ahlberg, Marcelo Isasi, Alberto Arriagada and Pablo Chafrat. The generic name is derived from Greek ἀήρ, aer, "air", and Titan, in reference to the fact the species represents a large flying reptile. The specific name refers to its provenance from South America.

The holotype, MPCN-PV 0054, has been recovered near the Bajo de Arriagada site, in Patagonia, from a layer of the upper Allen Formation. It consists, according to the original description, of a partial rostrum with a preserved length of 264 millimeters (10.4 in). This snout is elongated and transversely compressed and the jaws are toothless. The wingspan has been estimated as at least 5 meters (16 ft).

In 2021, a study concluded that the specimen represented, not the upper jaws but the lower jaws.

Aerotitan has been assigned to the Azhdarchidae. If correct, this would make it the first unambiguous azhdarchid from South America. A study published by Nicholas Longrich and colleagues in 2018 classified the genus as a thalassodromid, sister taxon to Alanqa (a pterosaur also assigned as an azhdarchid), however, such assignment is not well-supported

In Popular Culture[]

Aerotitan can be created in Jurassic World: The Game as a super rare pterosaur.