Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus

Long-necked herbivorous dinosaur with a robust body.

Biology

Keywords

dinosaur, prehistoric creature, Sauropoda, Apatosaurus, brontosaurus, reptile, Jurassic period, extinct, Cretaceous period, fossil, reconstruction, herbivore, skeleton, animal, vertebrates, biology

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Apatosaurus

Size

  • Length: 20 m
  • Height (standing): 12 m
  • Mass: 30 tonnes
  • Shoulder height: 4.5 m

Anatomy

  • relatively small head
  • thick, long neck
  • long, strong tail
  • muscular legs

Skeleton

  • skull
  • spinal column
  • ribs

Reconstruction

Animation

  • Length: 20 m
  • Height (standing): 12 m
  • Mass: 30 tonnes
  • Shoulder height: 4.5 m

Narration

The Apatosaurus lived presumably during the late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago.

The body length of the animal reached around 20 metres, its weight was 30 tonnes. Despite the dinosaur’s immense dimensions, its skull was only about 50 cm in length.
The Apatosaurus was a peaceful herbivore; it needed to feed on plants most of the day to obtain sufficient energy for survival.

The Apatosaurus used its long, powerful tail and the claws on its front feet for defence. The animal was probably capable of standing on its hind legs for a short period of time.

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