Saltasaurus was named by paleontologists J. Bonaparte and J. Powell in 1980. Salta is the name of the Northwestern Argentinian Province where fossils were found. They include: a few oval and circular armored plates, hundreds of bumps which covered its back (roughly 1/4 inch = 6-7 mm in diameter), and several incomplete skeletons, including some vertebrae, limb bones, and jaws.
A large titanosaurid nest was found in Auca Mahuevo, in Patagonia, Argentina. The small eggs had fossilised embryos, complete with skin impressions. 
In popular cultureIn the enhanced-motion vehicle attraction Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, a saltasaurus is seen in the ride, mentioned as a "sauropod".
- Sauropodomorpha: Titanosauridae: 'Saltasaurus, by M. Alan Kazlev, from Palæos.
- The late Cretaceous nesting grounds of Patagonia, by Luis V. Rey, from his art gallery.
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