Barosaurus

genus of reptiles (fossil)

Barosaurus was a large, long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur which lived about 156 to 145 million years ago. The name Barosaurus means "heavy lizard"; this giant was named by paleontologist Othniel C. Marsh in 1890. Barosaurus fossils have been found in western North America and East Africa.

Barosaurus
Temporal range: Upper Jurassic
Barosaurus mount 1.jpg
A view from below of the rearing Barosaurus mounted in the American Museum of Natural History, New York
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Barosaurus was differently proportioned to its close relative Diplodocus. It had a longer neck and shorter tail, but was about the same length overall. It was longer than Apatosaurus, but its skeleton was less robust.[1]

Sauropod skulls are rarely preserved, and scientists have yet to discover a Barosaurus skull.

ReferencesEdit

  1. McIntosh, John S. (2005). "The genus Barosaurus Marsh (Sauropoda, Diplodocidae)". In Tidwell, Virginia & Carpenter, Ken (eds) (ed.). Thunder-lizards: the sauropod dinosaurs. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 38–77. ISBN 0-253-34542-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link)