New clues to how dinosaurs got so big

The skeletons of a Diplodocus (back) and an Allosaurus are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris, on April 6, 2018.
The skeletons of a Diplodocus (back) and an Allosaurus are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris, on April 6, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe