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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Apatosaurinae — junior synonym of Apatosaurus.


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  • "The big animals you see are commonly called Brontosaurus," the recording said, "but they are actually Apatosaurus.

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  • With EnèIoh the Brontosaurus is a dazzling and anguished friend.


  • Earlier that day he laid eyes on eight tail vertebrae of what was popularly known as Brontosaurus but today is known as Apatosaurus.

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  • Wide-eyed first graders are not the only ones fascinated by sauropods, particularly those outsize friends Apatosaurus formerly known as Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus.

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  • Both of the displays have been revised to represent new scientific thinking: T-rex, once presented upright, is now positioned in a low, stalking pose with its tail in the air, while Apatosaurus-previously known as Brontosaurus-has a new skull, additional neck bones, and a longer, elevated tail.'s Exclusive New York City Event Calendar : Art

  • (As if to prove his vigor, in Buffalo he ordered a 32-ounce steak that waiters call the Brontosaurus; he gave up after seven bites.)

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  • Despite looking like The Land Before Time's Littlefoot (a Apatosaurus, then commonly known as a Brontosaurus), she's kind of funny and very nice.

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  • But this creature is famous in its own right - if its face looks familiar, it's because its head was mistakenly used on Apatosaurus (Formerly known as Brontosaurus) reconstructions!


  • Bottom line: They'd break their necks if they tried to reach them as far from parallel with their backs as the supposed "Brontosaurus" shown in this panel.

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  • Stephen Jay Gould supports this position in his essay "Bully for Brontosaurus", echoing Riggs' original argument that "Brontosaurus" is merely a synonym for "Apatosaurus".

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