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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A. Although very ancient ferns are thought to have been a large part of the diet of sauropod dinosaurs, today ferns are avoided by many vertebrates, including deer.
Other exhibit highlights include a skeleton and a reconstruction of the carnivorous Antarctic dinosaur Cryolophosaurus ellioti, as well as dioramas showing early sauropods, Skwerski said.
Xing has reported the oldest sauropod trackways and ornithischian prints found in China.
A partial sauropod skeleton from Montana reminds us of these basic dinosaur facts.
About six miles from Fátima is the Serra de Aire national park, which is home to the world’s largest collection of sauropod dinosaur footprints.
A real sauropod femur is there for visitors to touch.
In Episode 2, there’s a segment on dinosaurs, specifically sauropods, which weighed as much as 170,000 pounds.
The saurischian dinosaurs included only theropods and sauropods, further united by pneumatic – or hollow – bones.
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Origin and Etymology of sauropod
New Latin Sauropoda, from Greek sauros lizard + New Latin -poda
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
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