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Temporal range: Upper TriassicUpper Cretaceous
Statue of Diplodocus carnegiei outside the Carnegie Museum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
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.

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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.

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