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Any of various large herbivorous saurischian dinosaurs of the group Sauropoda, having a long neck and tail, a small head, and four columnar legs, and including argentinosaurus and brachiosaurus.

[From New Latin Sauropoda, group name : Greek sauros, lizard + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

saur′o·pod′ adj.


(Animals) any herbivorous quadrupedal saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Sauropoda, of Jurassic and Cretaceous times, including the brontosaurus, diplodocus, and titanosaurs. They had small heads and long necks and tails and were partly amphibious
[C19: from New Latin sauropoda, from Greek sauros lizard + pous foot]
sauropodous adj


(ˈsɔr əˌpɒd)

1. any of various huge, plant-eating saurischian dinosaurs, of the suborder Sauropoda, including the brontosaur and brachiosaur, that had small heads, very long necks and tails, and columnar limbs.
2. of or belonging to the sauropods.
[< New Latin Sauropoda (1884) < Greek saûro(s) lizard + -poda]


One of the two types of saurischian dinosaurs, widespread during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Sauropods were plant-eaters and often grew to tremendous size, having a stout body with thick legs, long slender necks with a small head, and long tails. Sauropods included the apatosaurus (brontosaurus) and brachiosaurus. Compare theropod.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sauropod - very large herbivorous dinosaur of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a small head a long neck and tail and five-toed limbs; largest known land animal
saurischian, saurischian dinosaur - herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaur having a three-pronged pelvis like that of a crocodile
Sauropoda, suborder Sauropoda - any of the sauropod dinosaurs
apatosaur, apatosaurus, Apatosaurus excelsus, brontosaur, brontosaurus, thunder lizard - huge quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur common in North America in the late Jurassic
barosaur, barosaurus - a dinosaur that could grow to be as tall as a building five stories tall
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Wide-gauge sauropod trackways are usually assigned to titanosaurs or titanosauriforms, while narrow-gauge sauropod trackways are usually assigned to diplodocoids (Farlow, 1992; Lockley et al.
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3m plaster-cast sauropod replica, known as Dippy and made up of 292 bones, is going on a UK-wide tour.
The 70ft plaster-cast sauropod replica, affectionately known as Dippy, has dominated the Natural History Museum's vast Hintze hall since 1979.
Hallett and Wedel offer a holistic approach to sauropod paleobiology, incorporating recent concepts and theories from groundbreaking research efforts by members of the 533 Sauropod Research Biology Team, and other recent studies by researchers in many disciplines to set out what is confidently known about these dinosuars' anatomy, paleobiology, phylogeny, and evolution.
Sauropod adults were gigantic, Makovicky says, definitely not prey for a (relatively) little guy like Gualicho.
The Museu Geologico (Lisboa, Portugal) represents one of the most important sauropod collections (see Supplementary 1) in the Iberian Peninsula, having been referred to since the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century (Sauvage, 1897-98; Zbyszewski, 1946; Lapparent and Zbyszewski, 1957).
In a study titled Downsizing a giant, the 85-feet long titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur or Dreadnoughtus, which was first estimated to be weighing around 60 tons, was reported to weigh only around 30 to 40 tons.
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