Long neck dinosaurs may have been the size of walking whales, according to Sauropod fossils.
Scientists have theorized that the reason dinosaurs such as the Sauropod were able to evolve such long necks is due to hollow neck bones. Sauropods were the largest of all the dinosaurs, challenging even the size we equate with elephants.
The Sauropods’ necks had a length approaching 50 feet in length, over five times that of the giraffe.
According to the Huffington Post, researcher Michael Taylor, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Bristol said:
“They were really stupidly, absurdly oversized. In our feeble, modern world, we’re used to thinking of elephants as big, but sauropods reached 10 times the size elephants do. They were the size of walking whales.”
Body part sizes of extinct creatures continue to astound scientists studying dinosaurs. Michael Taylor told LiveScience:
“Extinct animals — and living animals, too, for that matter — are much more amazing than we realize. Time and again, people have proposed limits to possible animal sizes, like the five-meter (16-foot) wingspan that was supposed to be the limit for flying animals. … We now know of flying pterosaurs with 10-meter (33-foot) wingspans. And these extremes are achieved by a startling array of anatomical innovations.”
The largest extinct land-living mammal of all time was the rhino-like Paraceratherium, with a neck about eight feet long. The pterosaurs, a flying reptile, could also have extremely long necks, much like the over 10-foot-long neck of the Arambourgiania.
The bones of these dinosaurs‘ necks may have been hollow, allowing the weight to be reduced for freedom of movement.
Why do you think the Sauropod had a neck long enough to make it’s size comparable to a walking whale?
the adult bull giraffe has a long neck, almost 8 feet. but how does it compare with those long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods? 6x as long.
— Riglo (@Riglo) February 24, 2013