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Brontosaurus Comes Thundering Back To Dinosaur Status

The Brontosaurus is officially a dinosaur again! Woohoo! I am so happy. The “thunder lizard” was my favorite dinosaur growing up, but it was declared non-existent due to a naming mixup with the Apatosaurus.

Scientists have been trying to tell everyone that the Brontosaurus doesn’t exist for decades, but now they have enough evidence to declare that the Brontosaurus is indeed a dinosaur separate from the Apatosaurus.

From The Guardian:

… a number of specimens all previously identified as Brontosaurus in the past do actually come out together as close relatives of one another, and, although still close to Apatosaurus, are separate from this genus and show several distinct features that suggest they are different. Since the name Brontosaurus already exists for these animals, a new name doesn’t need to be created and instead the ‘thunder lizard’ (surely this wonderfully evocative translation is a large part of its popularity) is resurrected for them and thus returns to the ranks of the dinosaurs.

Reconstruction of Brontosaurus - after a century this name has been returned to the pantheon of dinosaurs. Photograph: Davide Bonadonna

Reconstruction of Brontosaurus – after a century this name has been returned to the pantheon of dinosaurs. Photograph: Davide Bonadonna

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