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Apatosaurus



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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Sauropodomorpha
  Infraorder Sauropoda
  Family Diplodocidae
  Genus Apatosaurus
This dinosaur is widely known as Brontosaurus (meaning "thunder lizard"), however the correct scientific name is Apatosaurus (meaning "deceptive lizard"). This is because when Othniel C. Marsh discovered the first two fossils in 1877 and 1879, he did not at first realize that they were adult and juvenile examples of the same species, and hence gave the two fossils different names. Subsequently, it has been realized, that both of these fossils were after all from the same species, so only one name should be used: Apatosaurus is the correct name, because it is was the first name used.

Apatosaurus was a massive herbivore (plant-eater) that lived during the late Jurassic period 157 to 146 million years ago in western North America. An adult Apatosaurus measured 70 feet (21.3 meters) long, and weighed a massive 33 tons.

When it was first discovered, many scientists believed that Apatosaurus was so huge that it could not have supported its weight on dry land, and therefore must have lived partially submerged in water. If you look at older books about dinosaurs, you may often see Apatosaurus depicted in this way. More recent research and discoveries (including the discovery of fossilized footprints), however suggests that Apatosaurus probably did live on dry land, and probably was a grazing animal that lived in herds.

Other interesting facts about Apatosaurus include:
  • Apatosaurus was a close relative of Diplodocus. Apatosaurus was not as long as its relative, but it was more bulky.

  • Apatosaurus could have reared up on its front legs and brought them down with crushing force on an attacker, or used its tail as a whip in defense.

  • Although most scientists believe that Apatosaurus went extinct many millions of years ago, some cryptozoologists (people who search for rumored or mythical animals whose existence is uncertain) have suggested that an animal rumored to be living in the Congo River basin, known as "Mokele-Mbembe", might possibly be a surviving Apatosaurus, or perhaps another type of sauropod dinosaur. However, although there have been numerous expeditions to hunt for Mokele-Mbembe, there is currently no definitive proof of its existence. For more information see Living Dinosaurs?

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Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 157 to 146 million years ago

Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 157 to 146 million years ago

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Apatosaurus Facts

 
Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Apatosaurus:
  1. Apatosaurus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. Although "Apatosaurus" is the correct scientific name of this genus of dinosaur, the name "Brontosaurus" is also sometimes used. Apatosaurus has two names, because its discoverer, Othniel C. Marsh did not realize that two different fossil specimens (described in 1877 and 1879 respectively) were actually juvenile and adult examples of the same animal.

  3. "Apatosaurus" means "deceptive lizard" ("Brontosaurus" means "thunder lizard").

  4. Apatosaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Apatosaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  5. Apatosaurus was a Sauropod - a member of a group of related large quadrupedal herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur with long necks.

  6. Apatosaurus lived between about 157 million years ago and 146 million years ago, during the Jurassic period.

  7. Apatosaurus lived in North America.

  8. Apatosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  9. Apatosaurus was about 70 feet (21.3 meters) long.

  10. Apatosaurus weighed about 33 tons.




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An Apatosaurus Would NOT Make a Good Spy (Dinosaur Daydreams)
By Heather Sadler

Picture Window Books
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  • ISBN: 1515821323
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  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Author: Heather Sadler
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Apatosaurus (Little Paleontologist)
By Sally Ann Lee

Capstone Press
Released: April 1st, 2015
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  • ISBN: 149142379X
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  • Format: Illustrated
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  • Number of Pages: 32
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Do You Really Want to Meet Apatosaurus? (Do You Really Want to Meet a Dinosaur?)
By Annette Bay Pimentel

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  • ISBN: 1681521377
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  • PartNumber: 43187-46044
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  • Format: Illustrated
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  • Number of Pages: 24
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Apatosaurus Composition Book
By Daija Bowers

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Apatosaurus workbook
By Jeannette Lester

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Apatosaurus Paperback
By Charlie Miles

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Dino Water Apatosaurus Dinosaur Calendar 2021: Annual Calendar for Evolution theorist and dinosaur lover (German Edition)
By Diego Steiger

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  • Number of Pages: 120
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Dino Wasser Apatosaurus Dinosaurier Kalender 2021: Jahreskalender für Evolutionstheoretiker und Dino-Liebhaber (German Edition)
By Diego Steiger

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Apatosaurus: A 4D Book (Dinosaurs)
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  • ISBN: 1515795586
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Apatosaurus Dinosaur Daybook: The perfect notebook for dinosaur lovers.
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