A herd of Diplodocus dinosaurs


Diplodocus was one of the longest animals to have lived on Earth and may have reached over 30 metres and weighed around 15 tonnes. The quantity of plant material eaten by roaming herds of this massive herbivore is unimaginable. Once the most famous dinosaur in the world, Diplodocus had four large sturdy legs supporting a long neck and a long tail that could be flailed around like a whip. Several different species have been described since the first Diplodocus discovery was made in North America in 1877. They lived there about 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period.

Scientific name: Diplodocus

Rank: Genus

Common names:

double beam

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Diplodocus size

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