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  • n  very large herbivorous dinosaur of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a small head a long neck and tail and five-toed limbs; largest known land animal

  • Last week a paleontologist announced that he had found the answer to a question which has preoccupied paleontologists for years: could the sauropod walk out of water? It is .
  • The skull has not been identified yet, but the National Park Service paleontologists believe it is a new species of sauropod.
  • Discovery of Asia's largest sauropod, baby pinacosaurs, dinosaur eggs LIAONING PROVINCE Feathered dinosaur finds --With Reporting by Andrea Dorfman New York.
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  • Teeth Continuously Replaced In Large Sauropod Dinosaurs
    [Watch Video: CT Scan Of A Diplodocus Tooth ] Brett Smith for - Your Universe Online Colossal, skyscraping sauropod dinosaurs required massive amounts of plant food to maintain their enormous weight, causing a lot of wear and tear on their teeth. But without a decent dental plan, how did these giants maintain healthy chompers? According to a new report, published in the open access ...
    July 18, 2013 - redOrbit
  • Dinosaurs had teeth to spare -- lots of them
    Plant-eating sauropods produced new teeth as often as twice monthly and had as many as nine backup teeth per tooth socket, new research shows. Dinosaurs almost bankrupted the tooth fairy. New research shows that the lumbering plant-eaters called sauropods produced new teeth as often as twice per month and had up to nine backup teeth in a single tooth socket.
    July 18, 2013 - Los Angeles Times
  • High tooth replacement rates in largest dinosaurs contributed to their evolutionary success
    Rapid tooth replacement by sauropods, the largest dinosaurs in the fossil record, likely contributed to their evolutionary success, according to a new article. The study also hypothesizes that differences in tooth replacement rates among the giant herbivores likely meant their diets varied, an important factor that allowed multiple species to share the same ecosystems for several million years.
    July 17, 2013 - Science Daily

  • Darren Naish in National Geographic
    The fossil is not just a little bit different from the vertebrae of other types of sauropod-it's shockingly strange,Naish said.
  • Jeffrey Wilson in FOXNews
    So sauropods could have evolved this machinery but didn't. Our explanation [is that] these adapatations are not good evolutionary investments for an animal whose skull is so small compared to rest of its body,Wilson said. "The sauropod...
  • Scott Hocknull in ABC Online
    These are beautifully preserved bones, these are sauropod dinosaur bones, they are the best preserved of their kind in Australia,Dr Hocknull said. "We're talking about the largest of the large, the biggest dinosaurs that roamed this...

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