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Definition of sauropod

: any of a suborder (Sauropoda) of quadrupedal herbivorous saurischian dinosaurs (such as a apatosaurus) of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a long neck and tail, small head, and 5-toed limbs on which they tended to walk in a digitigrade fashion

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Recent Examples on the Web Most of the bite marks were found on sauropod (herbivorous) remains, while theropod dinosaurs had the second highest amount (17%). Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Bad to the bone: Cannibal dinosaurs turned to eating each other in tough times," 27 May 2020 A few of these fossils represent herbivorous dinosaurs such as the long-necked sauropods. Popular Science, "The Sahara Desert was once flooded with history’s most vicious dinosaurs," 30 Apr. 2020 Gigantic sauropods, some of the largest creatures to ever roam the Earth, apparently once walked only on their front feet. Fox News, "Giant 'thunder lizard' dinosaurs may have walked on their front feet only, findings reveal," 28 Jan. 2020 The large-bodied Asian tyrannosaur group—that eventually yielded T. rex—lived alongside huge plant-eating dinosaurs, including the long-necked sauropods. Jared Voris, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 10 Feb. 2020 Their previous work helped show that sauropods were eating machines that gulped down vegetation without chewing. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Sauropods grew big by munching ‘superfoods’ with sturdy beaks," 17 Oct. 2019 Pentland said that the Winton area, which is now comprised of sheep and cattle farms, was full of long-necked sauropods, carnivorous theropods (including T. rex), ankylosaurs, ornithopods, as well as pterosaurs. Fox News, "96M-year-old pterosaur nicknamed 'Butch' discovered in Australia," 3 Oct. 2019 The fossil is now on display at the museum alongside another dinosaur from the Winton Formation, a large, unique sauropod called Savannasaurus elliottorum. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists discovered a new partial skeleton of pterosaur and promptly named it 'Butch'," 3 Oct. 2019 The researchers found that sauropod teeth typically show surface wear only about halfway down to the jaw. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Sauropods grew big by munching ‘superfoods’ with sturdy beaks," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sauropod

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sauropod

New Latin Sauropoda, from Greek sauros lizard + New Latin -poda

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The first known use of sauropod was circa 1889

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“Sauropod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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