Temporal range: Upper Triassic – Upper Cretaceous
|Statue of Diplodocus carnegiei outside the Carnegie Museum|
von Huene, 1932
Sauropodomorpha is the suborder of dinosaurs with massive, quadrupedal herbivores with extremely long necks and tails.
Sauropodomorpha are divided into prosauropods and sauropods. Among the sauropods were the largest land animals ever known: Seismosaurus, Diplodocus, Apatosaurus (popularly known as Brontosaurus), and others.
Description[change | edit source]
Only the modern blue whale is larger than these creatures; no land animal comes close. And the recent discovery of Argentinosaurus, with a vertabrae over six feet across, may mean that these dinosaurs were even larger than the blue whale.
Taxonomy[change | edit source]
- Suborder Sauropodomorpha
- Infraorder Prosauropoda
- Family Massospondylidae
- Family Plateosauridae
- Family Riojasauridae
- Infraorder Sauropoda