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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Sauropodomorpha
  Infraorder Sauropoda
  Family Diplodocidae
  Genus Supersaurus
Supersaurus was a massive plant-eater (herbivore) that lived in the late Jurassic period and early Cretaceous period, between about 154 and 142 million years ago, in North America.

Supersaurus was around 108 feet (33 meters) to 112 feet (34 meters) long, and probably weighed something in the region of 35 to 40 tons. While not nearly as heavy as Brachiosaurus, Supersaurus is one of the longest dinosaurs known.

Supersaurus was discovered by Jim Jensen 1979. At the same time, he also discovered what he believed was a second even larger dinosaur, which he unofficially named "Ultrasaurus" (this name was used in some press coverage, but not used in a scientific publication). However, when Jensen published his official scientific description of this second larger dinosaur in 1985, he found that the name "Ultrasaurus", had been already used (and thus had priority) as the name of a different dinosaur discovered by Haang Mook Kim in Korea in 1983. For a time then, Jensen's second dinosaur then became known as "Ultrasauros" (note an "o" instead of the final "u"). Later, however it was found that Ultrasauros was actually a mix of Supersaurus and Brachiosaurus bones. So, today, "Ultrasauros" is considered as a junior synonym for Supersaurus.


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Supersaurus (Ultrasauros) was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 154 to 142 million years ago

Supersaurus (Ultrasauros) was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 154 to 142 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Supersaurus:
  1. Supersaurus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. Although "Supersaurus" is the correct scientific name of this genus of dinosaur, the name "Ultrasauros" is also sometimes used.

  3. "Supersaurus" means "super lizard".

  4. Supersaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Supersaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  5. Supersaurus was a Sauropod - a member of a group of related large quadrupedal herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur with long necks.

  6. Supersaurus lived between about 154 million years ago and 142 million years ago, during the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods.

  7. Supersaurus lived in North America.

  8. Supersaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  9. Supersaurus was about 108 (33 meters) to 112 feet (34 meters) long.

  10. Supersaurus weighed about 35 to 40 tons.

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