New clues to how dinosaurs got so big

Scientists discover new group of plant eaters that lived more than 200 million years ago

The skeletons of a Diplodocus (back) and an Allosaurus are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris, on April 6, 2018. PHOTO: AFP
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No creatures ever stomped across the planet quite like the creatures scientists call sauropodomorphs.

These long-necked plant eaters were the largest dinosaurs, and they included the mighty 70-tonne (63,500kg) titanosaurs, as well as the Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus. Paleontologists have long wondered how these lumbering 30m-long behemoths got so big.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2018, with the headline New clues to how dinosaurs got so big. Subscribe