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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.
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(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
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(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]
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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.
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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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"A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate" 150 million years ago, Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University said.
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Still, because of their sheer enormous size, sauropod dinosaurs would be expected to retain their body heat more efficiently than smaller warm-blooded animals, like humans, even if dinosaurs themselves were cold-blooded, Eagle said.
* Sauropod skin was almost certainly dry and warm and, because dinosaurs had no sweat glands in their skin, they did not perspire.
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The site of the find, high in the Jura, was once a literal sauropod stomping ground: so far, 20 prints scattered on a 25-acre site have been uncovered, palaeontologist Jean-Michel Mazin of France's National Centre of Scientific Research said.
Dr Dave Martill from the University of Portsmouth and Nizar Ibrahim from University College Dublin preparing to move a bone from a new species of sauropod discovered in the Sahara desert.
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The fossil, which is an upper foreleg, seems to be that of a bone of a sauropod dinosaur that walked on four legs like brachiosaurus.
"We first thought it might be from a sauropod," says researcher Xing Xu.