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Sauropod
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Infraorder: Sauropoda

Infraorder: Prosauropoda

The Sauropods were a group of large dinosaurs best known for being the largest animals to have roamed on land. They were widespread and one of the most long-lived dinosaurs. Their name Sauropod means reptile-footed. They comprised the taxonomic suborder called Sauropodomorpha, which belongs to a larger group known as the lizard-hipped dinosaurs (Saurischia).

They were quadrupeds (walked on four legs) and were plant eaters (herbivores). They had long necks and tails, but in comparison, their bodies were short and their heads were small. They crept along slowly, but sometimes they could walk on their strong hind legs. Their hind legs were shorter than front legs, so the body slants toward the read. Another unusual feature is that some possessed rudimentary body armor. Their most similar characteristic is their size. Most Sauropods were very big. Even the smallest Sauropods were over four meters. Brachiosaurus might weigh in at 125 to 170 tonnes.

Side-by-side comparison of the Apatosaurus and the Camarasaurus heads.

Scientist believed they were semi-aquatic swamp wallowers, but lately, the analysis between terrestrial and semi-aquatic animals shows that they were terrestrial animals. Scientists guess that they ate leaves on high trees using their long necks. Their digestion systems were not good, so they ate stones together to digest food.

Behemoth

Main Article:Behemoth

There is a graphic description of an animal in the Bible called Behemoth, which is believed by some to be a Sauropod. It is described as an immense land animal with a tail like a cedar.[1]

Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. Job 40:15-19
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References

  1. Could Behemoth have been a dinosaur? by Allan K. Steel. Journal of Creation 15(2):42–45, August 2001.

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