Brontosaurus Is Back To Being Its Own Dinosaur Again

April 8, 2015


The first brontosaurus fossils were described by paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh in 1879. But then in 1903 a group of scientists reviewing fossil remains decided that the previously described brontosaurus wasn't actually it's own genus, but a species of apatasaurus. And that's the way things remained until a new study published yesterday proves that the brontosaurus was, in fact, unique enough to warrant its own genus. So hooray, the brontosaurus is back! Next stop: Pluto.

Thanks to The One Who Watches, whose eyes I can feel on the back of my neck. Are you staring at my mole?!

  • Next up, Triceratops.

  • teenygozer


  • tim

    What I don't understand is why brontosaurus was still the dominant name of a long-necked-vegetable-eater-dinosaur while we were growing up. I mean, they figured it out in 1903! I didn't even know about apatasaurus until maybe 10 years ago.

  • bunnykissd

    I'm with you Tim! I didn't learn it was the apatasaurus until the 80s or 90s! It was always the brontosaurus growing up!

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