sau·​ro·​pod | \ ˈsȯr-ə-ˌpäd How to pronounce sauropod (audio) \

Definition of sauropod

: any of a suborder (Sauropoda) of quadrupedal herbivorous saurischian dinosaurs (such as an 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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Examples of sauropod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The embryonic sauropod’s eyesight may have also been adapted to its independent youth. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2020 The Brachiosaurus thundered across our planet between 150.8 million and 155.7 million years ago, a soaring sauropod that may have stood more than 40 feet tall. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 Most of the bite marks were found on sauropod (herbivorous) remains, while theropod dinosaurs had the second highest amount (17%). Kristen Rogers, CNN, 27 May 2020 A few of these fossils represent herbivorous dinosaurs such as the long-necked sauropods. Popular Science, 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, 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, 10 Feb. 2020 Their previous work helped show that sauropods were eating machines that gulped down vegetation without chewing. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, 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, 3 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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“Sauropod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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