Malawisaurus was a relatively small titanosaurid sauropod dinosaur from the early Cretaceous Period. Like other titanosaurs it featured large dermal scales covering the skin on its back.
Malawisaurus is one of the few titanosaurs whose discoveredremains include skull material, giving us a better idea of whatthis animal and its relatives looked like in life. The nameMalawisaurus refers to the place of discovery, in the republic ofMalawi in southeast Africa. It was originally described in 1928 bySidney Haughton, who incorrectly believed it was a type ofGigantosaurus (a sauropod related to Diplodocus, now known asTornieria). Though small for a sauropod, Malawisaurus was stillquite a large animal at over 50 feet long.