The name Diplodocus has been derived from a Greek word ‘Diplos’ that means ‘double beamed lizard’. This dinosaur has been featured in a lot of movies, documentaries etc. They lived in an area that is now known as western North America. Diplodocus lived at the end of the Jurassic period, approximately 150 million years ago.
Quick Facts: –
- Diplodocus could reach 115 feet in length and weighed around 12-15 tons.
- They had a long whip like tail with approximately 80 vertebrae.
- They were one of the longest dinosaurs ever.
- Diplodocus belonged to the Saurischia order of dinosaurs.
- Diplodocus had splayed limbs that made its posture more lizard-like.
- Their nasal openings were on their forehead instead of at the end of their snouts.
- They had four broad feet with five toes on each. Their hind limbs were extremely strong.
- These huge herbivorous dinosaurs grazed in large herds together. They consumed both low-lying plants and soft leaved of tall trees.
- They had small, forward pointing delicate teeth.
- These creatures were quadrupedal.
- In 1878, Benjamin Mudge and Samuel Wendell Williston found the first diplodocus fossil at Como Bluff, Wyoming.
- These fossils were named as Diplodocus by Othniel C. Marsh.
- Diplodocuses were picky eaters as they had narrower snouts. They ate only high quality plants.
- They did not chew their food, they just gulped it down.
- They walked really very slowly with a speed of 7-9 mph.
- On an average, they replaced their teeth in every 35 days.
- Diplodocus could start reproduction at the age of 10 years.