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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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Fossils of the sauropod were found in South Africa, near the country's border with Lesotho on what was then the super continent Panagea, in the 1980s. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Amazing giant dinosaur discovery: New dino species identified," 28 Sep. 2018 Neosauropods are a subgroup of sauropods—all members of these groups had traits like thick, column-like legs, lengthy necks, small heads, and grew to massive sizes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Upends What We Thought We Knew About Sauropods," 26 July 2018 There’s your explanation for why the two small herbivore sauropods — precursors to the Field’s new titanosaur skeleton — the expedition discovered are depicted as models but still don’t have an official name. Steve Johnson,, "'Antarctic Dinosaurs' bring new ice age to Field Museum," 13 June 2018 The new dinosaur species, dubbed Ingentia prima, is believed to have appeared on Earth 30 million years earlier than the first giant dinosaurs called sauropods, according to researchers at Argentina's Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Fossil of first giant dinosaur, dubbed Ingentia prima, found in Argentina," 11 July 2018 But where's the love for Giraffatitan, the giraffe-like African sauropod, or Glacialisaurus, the beefy beast whose bones were discovered in an Antarctic glacier? Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Move over, T-Rex: Field Museum shows off the diversity of dinos from outside America," 30 May 2018 In the mid-Jurassic, sauropods necks grew longer and the first birds were figuring out flight. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2015, palaeontologists found hundreds of sauropod tracks on the Isle of Skye, making the rocky island Scotland’s most significant dinosaur site. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "50 Rare Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scottish Island," 3 Apr. 2018 Patagotitan is one of a group of giant sauropods, or plant eaters. Steve Johnson,, "Giant new Máximo is loaded into Field Museum, taking the place of Sue," 23 May 2018

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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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