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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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Seeing the sauropods as living animals within their constantly changing environments and shifting global geographies rather than as now extinct fossil forms, they emphasize the botanical species these dinosaurs co-evolved with, instead of treating Mesozoic plants as merely stage props during the sauropods' time on Earth.
Or perhaps it fed on the long-necked, long-tailed sauropods, which were common in the region.
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The new study used a three-dimensional volumetric model of the Dreadnoughtus skeleton as basis, including models of three birds, two crocodiles, a lizard, and two other big sauropods for basis.
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