Apatosaurus (deceptive lizard) was the largest land animal ever on the face of the earth. Its average length was 23 metres and the height 8 metres. It weighed on average 23,000 kgs and up, to 35,000 kgs - easily outweighing 4 or 5 elephants. Apatosaurus possessed a low sloping head while the mouth featured pencil-shaped teeth. The long neck comprised weight-saving air sacs. Ribs were long contributing to the deep chest. A long whip-like tail furnished overall balance when walking.
A herbivore, Apatosaurus engaged in low-level browsing and ground feeding, on a diet of tree leaves and ferns. Its existence dates back to 155 - 145 MYA.
This photograph was taken in the Indodra Fossil and Wildlife Park, Gandhinagar.
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