Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus

The composite term Apatosaurus comes from the Greek names apate meaning 'deception'/'deceptive' and sauros meaning 'lizard'; thus, 'deceptive lizard'.

About Apatosaurus

Chordata Apatosaurus, also known by the popular but scientifically redundant synonym Brontosaurus, is a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived from about 154 to 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period (Kimmeridgian and early Tithonian ages). It was one of the largest land animals known to have ever existed, with an average length of 23 m (75 ft) and a mass of at least 23 metric tons (25 short tons). The composite term Apatosaurus comes from the Greek names apate meaning 'deception'/'deceptive' and sauros meaning 'lizard'; thus, 'deceptive lizard'. Othniel Charles Marsh gave it this name because he regarded the chevron bones as similar to those of some mosasaurs, members of a group of prehistoric marine lizards.

Contributions by Dinoguy2, Firsfron, and J. Spencer.