Diplodocus is a sauropod — one of those dinosaurs whose shape you probably associate with the name "brontosaurus". Except that Diplodocus was long. Really long. At an average length of 90 feet, it's longest dinosaur ever found. Also: It might have had spines up and down its neck. Check out this LiveScience piece by Kim Ann Zimmermann for more fun Diplodocus facts.

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  1. Kim Ann Zimmermann can also be seen being interviewed about her amazing new theory.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAYDiPizDIs

  2. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    “Diplodocus was the longest dinosaur known from a complete skeleton. It averaged about 90 feet (27 meters) long, although adults could measure as much as 175 feet ”
    175 feet is rilly freakin’ long!

  3. Milton Pope says:

    I was about to ask how any creature could hold up its head with a neck that long. From pictures, though, it appears that most of its overall length was in the tail. The neck, while impressive, has proportions similar to a giraffe (judging from a quick Wikipedia scan).

  4. Lord Humongous says:

    If you are ever in Bologna make sure to visit the Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini.  It has a great specimen.
    http://www.museocapellini.org/paleonet/public/

  5. ” Diplodocus was long. Really long.”   How long was it, Johnny?   (any other geezers out there miss Johnny Carson at times like this?)

  6. iCowboy says:

    Its bones were also hollow which reduced their weight and take a look at those big crests on its vertebrae – that’s where enormous tendons and muscles attached to the bones.
    There was probably a lot of neck meat on these beasts, but it might have needed a long spell marinading to tenderise it ;)

  7. Just_Ok says:

    How would you eat it?

  8. Ariel Martin Perez says:

    It’s interesting to point that Brontosaurus is an inaccurate name, one that has somehow persisted in popular culture. Nowadays, the Brontosaurus species is called Apatosaurus.

  9. acerplatanoides says:

    Spines on the neck, like a streetlight with pigeon spikes?

    • Rich Keller says:

      There’s a very good reason for those spines to be there. Have you ever tried to wipe archaeopteryx guano off of your windshield using just one of those little napkins that you get at Starbucks?

  10. PurpleWyrm says:

    I can’t help but think of Anne Elk’s theory of the Brontosaurus (which would as easily apply to any sauropod)

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