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Dinosaur - Apatosaurus (ah-PAT-oh-sawr-us)

If you thought that Fred Flinstone's fave pet dino, "Dino," was a brontosaurus, we're sorry - you're wrong. The type of plant-eating dinosaur with the long, skinny neck and tiny head everyone has been calling a brontosaurus for years never really existed! Don't worry - your teachers and the books you read in school weren't intentionally lying to you. It's just that incorrect information has a way of getting around. Well, we're about to set the record straight.

Brontosaurus: The Myth Begins

The bones that were put together to construct the brontosaurus actually came from more than one dinosaur. The man who "found" the bones actually came across the body of an apatosaurus, except the head was missing. He used the head of the closest dino he could find, which actually belonged to a camarasaurus, to complete the skeleton. He put the fossils together and named the "new" dino "brontosaurus."

Brontosaurus: The Mistake is Uncovered

Almost 100 years passed before the error was discovered. Because the body was that of an apatosaurus and it was discovered first, the name "brontosaurus" was dropped. There never really was a dino that looked like a brontosaurus. In fact, the name was dropped way back in the 1970s, but for whatever reason brontosaurus is still a familiar name.

The Brontasaurus Never Really ExistedThe Brontasaurus Never Really Existed

Apatosaurus: Will the Real Brontosaurus Please Stand Up?

Apatosaurus was one of the largest animals that ever lived. Some people believe the earth shook when this dino walked. It could grow to over 85 feet long and over 15 feet tall at the hips. Apatosaurus is known for its very long neck, which made it easier to eat greens from trees. They also had big feet: yard-long footprints (called trackways) from this big guy have been found in Colorado. It had a small head along with a small mouth and probably spent most of its time eating to get enough nutrients from plants to stay alive.

ApatosaurusApatosaurusCourtesy of Neil Riehle

The apatosaurus also had huge, elephant-like legs and a long whiplike tail that may have been used as a defense against large predators. It also had a sharp claw on each thumb that may have deterred attackers. Possibly traveling in herds, these dinosaurs had to eat a lot of food to keep their massive bodies going. They may have swallowed plant matter whole and ground it up with a gizzard, like birds do today.

Turns Out Dino's Bones Belonged to Someone Else!Turns Out Dino's Bones Belonged to Someone Else!
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IlikeGUYS20 posted in Debating:
"Sophieex_" wrote: Hey guys! So, on many occasions, my mother has always told me this: "Let yourself grow up a little, this is probably just a phase". What does she mean exactly? Well, when I cane out to my parents that I was bisexual, my mother told me that it was probably just a phase, and that I might grow out of it. I've been thinking about my sexuality for a couple years - since I was eleven, to be exact. Sometimes I thought I was straight and other times I thought I was a lesbian. So from this, I just figured I was bi. I also told her I'd like to tell some close friends what I thought. She told me that this info may get leaked to many more people and that they're shun me. I told her that I won't tell this to anyone whom I don't trust, and that I don't care if people shun me for being who I am. People already make fun of me for being biracial (my father is white & my mother is black) so this'll be no different. I told two friends that I was bisexual. Luckily both girls said they'd support me no matter what. My father then came in and said that he didn't want me to come out lest I'd get so much attention that's it'd me a distraction. I understand me dad's point but not my mom's. I love my mother dearly and shall listen to her, but I still get super pissed when adults think that teens' coming out is invalid. What do you think? Tell me I'm the thread posts! :rainbow ❤ Thanks!! :) Have a wonderful day! ❤ @Sophieex_ I have the same problem! I am also bi! Only one of my closest friends know, I feel your pain!!! I created my account when I thought I was straight.
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ScoobysFriend posted in Debating:
She is saying some people get curious, and she probably went through it also
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and im not saying its a phase either
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