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Sauropodomorpha
Temporal range: Upper TriassicUpper Cretaceous
Statue of Diplodocus carnegiei outside the Carnegie Museum
Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
von Huene, 1932
Infraorders

Prosauropoda
Sauropoda

Sauropodomorpha is the suborder of dinosaurs with massive, quadrupedal herbivores with extremely long necks and tails.

Sauropodomorpha are divided into prosauropods and sauropods. Among the sauropods were the largest land animals ever known: Seismosaurus, Diplodocus, Apatosaurus (popularly known as Brontosaurus), and others.

Description

Only the modern blue whale is larger than these creatures; no land animal comes close. Argentinosaurus, with a vertebra over 1.59 metres long, is the largest.

Taxonomy

  • Suborder Sauropodomorpha
    • Panphagia
    • Saturnalia?
    • Thecodontosaurus
    • Infraorder Prosauropoda
      • Family Massospondylidae
      • Family Plateosauridae
      • Family Riojasauridae
    • Infraorder Sauropoda
      • Family Vulcanodontidae
      • Family Omeisauridae
      • Division Neosauropoda
      • Family Cetiosauridae
      • Family Diplodocidae
        • Subdivision Macronaria
      • Family Camarasauridae
      • Infradivision Titanosauriformes
      • Family Brachiosauridae
        • Cohort Somphospondyli
      • Family Euhelopodidae
      • Family Titanosauridae

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