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Apatosaurus
Scientific name Apatosaurus ajax
Home era Late Jurassic
Creature type Sauropod dinosaur
Deaths caused 0

But one injured Connor's hand

Appearances The Incredible Threat

Apatosaurus is a genus of large Sauropod dinosaur and is the most famous long-necked dinosaur. It was originally thought of as Brontosaurus and are actually the same animal.

In the Primeval Adventure SeriesEdit

When Connor gets dragged through the anomaly by the Allosaurus pack, they drop him because they get scared by the huge Apatosaurus which crushes Connors right hand. The team go through an anomaly to save Connor from a pack of hungry Allosaurus, they encounter many numerous Sauropods, the first ones they saw were Apatosaurus. When the team go back through, there is a huge herd of Apatosaurus and hundreds of other Sauropods and the team manage to get pass them but the anomaly closes.

FactsEdit

When people hear the word dinosaur, many think of the long-necked Sauropods. The most famous of these was called Brontosaurus, but it was discovered that brontosaurus fossils were the same as those of a previously named dinosaur: Apatosaurus. Apatosaurus was heavy, with a long muscular neck and elephant-like legs. It had a long whiplike tail that may have been used as a defense against large predators. It also had a sharp claw on each thumb that may have deterred attackers. Possibly traveling in herds, these dinosaurs had to eat a lot of food to keep their massive bodies going. They may have swallowed plant matter whole and ground it up with a gizzard, much as birds do today.

When music star Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable glyph, everyone still called him "Prince." Similar confusion surrounds the dinosaur Apatosaurus, which many still refer to as "Brontosaurus." The mix-up goes back to 1879, when paleontologist Othniel Marsh mistakenly stuck a Camarasaurus head on an Apatosaurus and called it a Brontosaurus. When the mistake was discovered years later, scientists erased Brontosaurus from their books, but the incorrect name still lingered in people’s minds.

AnatomyEdit

To add to the confusion, Apatosaurus resembled its close relative, Diplodocus. Both were gigantic plant eaters, but Apatosaurus had a much sturdier build. Its body looked like an amalgamation of other animal parts brought together in a bizarre combination. Apatosaurus possessed elephant-like "toes" at the bottom of hefty, thick, pillar-shaped limbs. A long, whipping tail held together with 82 bones extended from the dinosaur’s 24.6-ton body. At the front was a long, muscular neck capped off by a tiny head, not unlike that of a modern horse, but full of pegged teeth.
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How the Apatosaurus may have looked from fossil evidence.

Big Body, Big DietEdit

The small jaws and head of Apatosaurus have puzzled scientists for decades, since it would seem biologically impossible for a dinosaur of such immense size and weight to feed itself properly through such a small orifice. Paleontologists suspect the dinosaur must have eaten all day. After hours of feasting on tree leaves, ferns, shrubs, cycads, conifers, ginkgos and other plants that were prevalent during the Late Jurassic, Apatosaurus probably waded in water to cool off and to kill parasites before taking brief, standing naps. The eating phase then likely started all over again.

A Formidable OpponentEdit

For a large carnivorous dinosaur like Allosaurus or Tyrannosaurus, one Apatosaurus must have made quite a beast feast. Apatosaurus, with its massive body, couldn’t have run fast, so it likely stayed with others to form a protective herd. The huge herbivore was also not entirely defenseless. It could crack its long tail like a whip, causing serious damage to would-be attackers, perhaps sending them airborne. Apatosaurus also possessed claws on each of its "thumb" digits. It’s possible that this enormous dinosaur reared up on its back legs and then crashed down on its enemies, jabbing claws into them upon impact.

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