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.
Temporal range: Upper Jurassic
|A view from below of the rearing Barosaurus mounted in the American Museum of Natural History, New York|
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.
Sauropod skulls are rarely preserved, and scientists have yet to discover a Barosaurus skull.
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