But this hypothesis is badly flawed – see Wedel, Cifelli & Sanders, 2000b, p. 379–380; Klein, Christian & Sander, 2012). But if the trachea is wider, its volume is increased, and a larger quantity of used air in the “tracheal dead space” is re-inhaled in each breath, reducing the oxygen content of each breath. Among these sauropods with low neural spines, some have rugose neurapophyses with spurs directed anteriorly and posteriorly from the tip of the spine (Fig. You can add specific subject areas through your profile settings. Sauropod heads were simple cropping devices with a brain and sense organs, and did not require special equipment for obtaining food, such as the long beaks of azhdarchids (Chure et al., 2010, pp. Epipophyses are also known in basal ornithischians, e.g., Lesothosaurus Galton, 1978 (Sereno, 1991b, figure 8A) and Heterodontosaurus Crompton & Charig, 1962 (Santa Luca, 1980, figure 5A), and also in the basal pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus Meyer, 1846 (Bonde & Christiansen, 2003, figures 6–9), suggesting that these insertion points were in use at the base of Dinosauria and possibly Ornithodira. Even if this were so, however, it is difficult to see the benefit in Apatosaurus excelsus Marsh, 1879a of cervical ribs held so far below the centrum – an arrangement that seems to make little sense from any mechanical perspective, and may have to be written off as an inexplicable consequence of sexual selection or species recognition. As shown in Table 1, EI in sauropods routinely exceeded 4.0, and in some cases exceeded 6.0: Sauroposeidon C6 attained 6.1, and Erketu Ksepka & Norell, 2006 C5 attained 7.0. The reduction in head weight would have reduced the required lifting power of the necks that carried them, and therefore the muscle and ligament mass could be reduced, allowing the necks to be longer than would have been possible with heavier heads. When the lengths of C2 and C7 are multiplied by 1.3 to give lengths of equivalent “size class I” bones (Granger & Gregory, 1936, p. 65), their lengths become 50.7 and 23.4 cm. All of the largest long-necked theropods lived in the Late Cretaceous, two of them in the Campanian–Maastrichtian. interspinales shared the function of lateral stabilization and movement with the multisegment Mm. Finally, it should be noted that both of the long-necked theropods discussed above are known from incomplete remains that do not include any informative cervical material. In the 1990s, a nearly complete skeleton of a Camarasaurus was discovered at Howe Quarry in Wyoming, close to a 1934 dig site where an expedition from the American Museum of Natural History discovered about 4,000 dinosaur fossils. The holotype and largest known specimen of Sauroposeidon Wedel, Cifelli & Sanders, 2000a consists of a sequence of four articulated cervical vertebrae, the largest of which has a centrum 125 cm long. However, in extant birds, as in non-avian theropods (Figs. Ever since sauropods, or long-necked dinosaurs such as Diplodocus and Apatosaurus were first discovered, people debated why these majestic beasts had … Among animals with long necks, giraffes, camels, and other artiodactyls have very different cervical osteology and (we assume) myology; and even the longest of their necks, at about 2.4 m, is only one sixth the length attained by some sauropods. 4.1), and if the trachea and skin and related soft-tissue is included the dorsoventral thickness of the neck is fully 3.3 times that of the vertebra alone (Dzemski & Christian, 2007, figure 2). Within Saurischia, both branches of that clade, Sauropodomorpha and Theropoda, further elongated their necks (Galton & Upchurch, 2004). (ASPs of Cetiosaurus and Jobaria are estimates based on personal observations of the holotypes and referred specimens, and comparisons to CT scans of similarly-constructed Haplocanthosaurus vertebrae.). The long-necked, long-tailed animal with four sturdy legs has been mechanically compared with a suspension bridge. And while that might seem a little strange, it makes more sense when you understand the environment that Diplodocus lived in. Introduction. It is obviously impossible for a terrestrial animal with a torso the size of a giraffe’s to carry a 10 m neck. Structure and relationships of opisthocoelian dinosaurs. The largest sperm whales are up to 20 m in total body length (Gosho, Rice & Breiwick, 1984), which would give a head length of 7 m if these largest individuals scaled isometrically with the 16-m whales. But these low spines would have reduced the lever arm with which epaxial tension members acted. Finally we thank J Hutchinson (Royal Veterinary College) for his constructive and efficient editorial handling of the manuscript. While they reach their zenith in sauropods, long necks have evolved repeatedly in several different groups of tetrapods. Diplodocus had an extremely long tail, composed of about 80 caudal vertebrae, which are almost double the number some of the earlier sauropods had in their tails (such as Shunosaurus with 43), and far more than contemporaneous macronarians had (such as Camarasaurus with 53). As noted by Wedel, Cifelli & Sanders (2000b, p. 377), one possible explanation is that, because of their size, sauropods were under strong selection for larger feeding envelopes, which drove them to evolve longer necks. A new ornithischian from the Upper Triassic of South Africa, The thickness of the walls of tubular bones, Last of the dinosaur titans: a new sauropod from Madagascar, Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere des reptiles, Volume 1. By contrast, sauropods repeatedly increased the number of their cervical vertebrae, attaining as many as 19 in Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis (Young & Zhao, 1972, p. 3–7). Evidence that seemed to support this view included their long necks and their nostrils on top of their heads. The large hypaxial muscles (M. flexor colli lateralis, M. flexor colli medialis, and M. longus colli ventralis) insert on the cervical ribs (Fig. (In the caption to Wedel (2003, figure 2), from which Fig. Specifically, the epipophyses are osteological correlates of the M. longus colli dorsalis and M. cervicalis ascendens epaxial muscles, which must therefore have been present in sauropods, although we can not conclude from this that they were necessarily the dominant epaxial muscles as they are in birds. First, the cervical ribs present a greater area for muscle attachment than the epipophyses do; and second, the much greater length of the cervical ribs in most sauropods enabled the hypaxial musculature to be shifted backwards much further than the epaxial musculature, as the epipophyses are not elongate in any known sauropod. Can that have been done by reducing the amount of muscle? This dinosaur is the longest to have existed and an adult specimen could measure more than 175 feet from the tip of its muzzle to the end of its tail. Diplodocus was one of those gigantic sauropod dinosaurs moving at the speed of a turtle. ... been 2. 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I will start with necks. Its front limbs were a bit shorter than its hind limbs, which forms a horizontal stance for the most part. The typical length of the neck of the ostrich is only 1.0 m (sum of vertebral lengths in Dzemski & Christian (2007), Table 1, plus 8% to allow for intervertebral cartilage – see Cobley, 2011, p. 16). We know from whales (see below) that a 7 m trachea need not impose the difficulties we might expect; but we don’t know whether sufficiently large lungs would fit inside an elasmosaur torso. … In those sauropods without ostensible epipophyses, phylogenetic bracketing nevertheless suggests that muscles did insert above the postzygapophyses, but the insertions are not marked by obvious scars or processes and these muscles were probably less important than those attached to the spine. Dashed arrows indicate muscle passing medially behind bone. The length of its neck can be measured as 1.95 m from the skeletal reconstruction of Granger & Gregory (1936, figure 47). Other species †D. 6.4). In fact it is a complex of diverticula around the carotid arteries.). 4.3): they are much larger compared to the torso than in the ostrich. (CNN)Sauropods were the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. The presacral vertebrae of most neosauropod taxa had ASPs between 0.50 and 0.70 (Table 2) – as lightly built as the pneumatic bones of most birds (Wedel, 2005). "The only ones that survived this crisis were eusauropods. Diplodocus is among the most easily identifiable dinosaurs, with its typical sauropod shape, long neck and tail, and four sturdy legs. The neural spines and epipophyses of sauropods both anchored epaxial muscles, but as they were differently developed in different taxa, they were probably of varying mechanical importance in different taxa. Furthermore, the presence in most sauropods of epipophyses similar to those of birds suggests that sauropods were myologically similar to birds. In light of the demanding mechanical constraints that were imposed on sauropods, it is surprising that their necks vary so much morphologically, with different lineages having evolved dramatically different solutions to the problem of neck elongation and elevation. Some sauropod vertebrae were much lighter. Bifid cervical vertebrae are extremely uncommon in other taxa, and among extant animals they are found only in birds: the ibis Theristicus (Tambussi et al., 2012) and ratites including Rhea americana Linnaeus, 1758 (Tsuihiji, 2004, figure 2B), Casuarius casuarius Brisson, 1760 (Schwarz, Frey & Meyer, 2007, figure 5B) and Dromaius novaehollandiae Latham, 1790 (Osborn, 1898, figure 1). The very short neural spines serve as the origins of long dorsal muscles running anteriorly from each vertebra, but the only muscles that insert on the spines and adjacent bony ridges are the small and short Mm. From this base, they elongated them yet further – both in ancestral forms and further still in more derived groups. obs., MJW; Gomani, 2005, figure 8) and Isisaurus (Fig. The Morrison Formation records an environment and time dominated by gigantic sauropod dinosaurs such as Camarasaurus, Barosaurus, Apatosaurus and Brachiosaurus. In fact, Diplodocus is the longest dinosaur known from a complete skeleton.Diplodocus species ranged from 80–115 ft (26-35 m) and weighed 10-16 metric tons. One, M. hochuanensis Young & Zhao, 1972, is known from an individual with a complete neck that is 9.5 m in length (personal measurement, MPT). Even in long, thin-necked animals such as the ostrich, the muscular part of the neck is twice as wide and 2.3 times as tall as the enclosed vertebra (Fig. The allometric equation of Parrish (2006) is descriptive, but does not in itself suggest a causal link between size and neck length. Unilateral branch stripping is the most likely feeding behavior of Diplodocus, as it explains the unusual wear patterns of the teeth (coming from tooth–food contact). Possible reasons include the following: All theropods were bipedal, and the demands of bipedal locomotion may have prevented them from evolving the giant body sizes that are required for very long necks. They would have enabled them to reach the tall conifers and allowed them to access different plants without moving their huge bodies, Pol said. Reasoning by analogy with modern giraffes, most paleontologists believe sauropods evolved their ultra-long necks in order to reach the high leaves of trees. Interspinales, which attach to the neural spines rather than to epipophyses (Fig. A similar degree of elongation is approached by the ostrich, in which C12 can attain an EI of 4.4 (measured from Mivart, 1874, figure 29), and by the giraffe, in which the axis can attain an EI of 4.71 (personal measurement of FMNH 34426). intercristales. It may be that these taxa retained their epaxial tension members primarily on the midline, in the intermetapophyseal trough, while diplodocids shifted theirs laterally; but we know from osteological evidence (see above) that at least some diplodocids did have ligaments or muscles anchored within the trough. In each of the successively more derived clades Ornithodira, Dinosauria, and Saurischia, the primitive state was an increasingly long neck (Gauthier, 1986; Sereno, 1991a; Langer, 2004). Such an arrangement seems unlikely, as lowering the ligament into the trough would reduce its mechanical advantage; however, this is similar to the arrangement seen in Rhea americana, in which branches of the “nuchal ligament” attach to the base of the trough (Tsuihiji, 2004, figure 3). These updates will appear in your home dashboard each time you visit PeerJ. How the dinosaurs got long necks was no tall tale. This disparity is particularly evident in the cervical vertebrae (Fig. 7.3); but their presence in other titanosaurs such as Rapetosaurus Curry & Forster, 2001  (Curry & Forster, 2001, figure 3A), and Saltasaurus Bonaparte & Powell, 1980 (Powell, 1992, figure 5) and in outgroups such as Giraffatitan (Fig. Many groups of animals seem to be constrained as to the number of cervical vertebrae they can evolve. As noted above, the epipophyses are the insertion points of the largest and longest epaxial muscles in birds, whereas in crocodilians the epipophyses are non-existent, and no major muscles insert above the postzygapophyses (Tsuihiji, 2004). A, B. Muscles inserting on the epipophyses, shown in red. Among non-sauropods, their saurischian relatives the theropod dinosaurs seem to have been best placed to evolve long necks, and indeed their necks probably surpassed those of giraffes. Whatever the advantages of bifid spines, they were clearly not indispensable, as some sauropod lineages evolved very long necks with unsplit spines (e.g., brachiosaurids, Sauroposeidon, and most titanosaurs, including the very long-necked Puertasaurus). One of the best-known sauropods, Diplodocus was a very large long-necked quadrupedal animal, with a long, whip-like tail. Mallison (2011, p. 238) suggested that the short cervical ribs of diplodocids could be an adaptation for neck flexibility. The long-necked, long-tailed animal with four sturdy legs has been mechanically compared with a suspension bridge. One limiting factor on neck length is the difficulty of breathing through a long trachea. The sauropods are some of the most iconic prehistoric vertebrates. 11.5, is that from a myological perspective, modern birds have functionally bifid neural spines: that is, their vertebrae have evolved in a way that is analogous with the true bifid spines of sauropods even though it is not homologous. It is greatly exceeded by azhdarchid pterosaurs, among which C5 of Quetzalcoatlus Lawson, 1975 can attain an astonishing 12.4 (measured from Witton & Naish (2008, figure 4c)) and an isolated cervical from the Hell Creek Formation might have achieved 15 (measured from Henderson & Peterson (2006, figure 3)). However, at least some azhdarchids seem to have have nine cervical vertebrae (e.g., Phosphatodraco, Pereda-Suberbiola et al., 2003), although the ninth “cervical” bears a long vertically oriented rib and must have contributed to the length of the torso rather than the neck. None of them. Discounting the aquatic plesiosaurs, whose necks were subject to different forces from those of terrestrial animals, neck-length limits in the range of two to three meters seem to apply to every group except sauropods, which exceeded this limit by a factor of five. 7.1 and 7.2), so that the neck of Apatosaurus must have been triangular in cross-section. However, this raises as many questions as it answers since pumping blood to a height of 30 or 40 feet would strain even the biggest, most robust heart. As in all cetaceans, the skull of a sperm whale is separated from the ribcage by the highly compressed cervical series. 5; Baumel et al., 1993; Tsuihiji, 2004). intercristales and Mm. Vertebrae modified from. New fossil discovery suggests dinosaurs traveled across oceans, Inside a dinosaur egg, this baby wasn't what researchers expected, Dinosaur diagnosed with bone cancer that afflicts humans today. The cervical vertebrae of Elasmosaurus platyurus holotype ANSP 10081 sum to 610.5 cm, based on individual vertebral lengths listed by Sachs (2005, p. 95). Not all muscles leave diagnostic traces on the skeleton, so the absence of epipophyses does not mean that the epaxial muscles that insert above the postzygapophyses were absent. The first two of these features were inherited from a common saurischian ancestor. Wh y sauropods had long necks; ... it seems likely that sauropods shared a suite of featur es that facilitated the. Notes on the Paleontological Laboratory of the United States Geological Survey under Professor Marsh, Paleontology and biostratigraphy of Mongolia. Bifid presacral vertebrae of sauropods showing ligament scars and pneumatic foramina in the intermetapophyseal trough. thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. The osteology of the cervical vertebrae makes mechanical sense; the major muscle insertions are prominent osteological features located at the four “corners” of the vertebrae (Fig. In comparison, a university football field is 300 feet long and a school bus measures 40 feet from bumper to bumper. The various aspects of their architecture are discussed in detail in the next section. On the other hand, many basal sauropods had ASPs of 0.30–0.40 and therefore SG of 1.1–1.4. Huge long-necked sauropod dinosaurs had 'zigzagging' bones that fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to help support their large bodies, research from the University of Michigan revealed. Note: You are now also subscribed to the subject areas of this publication Figure 10 shows the cervical skeleton of Euhelopus as it actually is, and reconstructed with speculative muscle attachments that would have been more mechanically efficient: why did sauropod necks not evolve this way? The dinosaur's long neck would have enabled it to reach tall conifer trees and stay in one spot while it ate, since moving such a huge body expended a lot of energy. The complete cervical series of Euhelopus PMU R233 is 13.2 times the length of the longest cervical (3765 mm vs 285 mm; Wiman, 1929). But the ones that ate at ground level like Diplodocus had equally long necks and big bodies. Although the necks of giraffes are the longest of any extant animals, they are shorter by a factor of six than those of the longest sauropods, because giraffes have relatively small torsos, relatively large, heavy heads, only seven cervical vertebrae, no air-sac system and no vertebral pneumaticity. For other plesiosaurs, Evans (1993) estimated that the thickness of intercervical cartilage amounted to 14% of centrum length in Muraenosaurus Seeley, 1874 and 20% in Cryptoclidus Seeley, 1892. longus colli dorsalis would have had the dual function of support and lateral motion. In birds, this muscle originates from the processes carotici, which are absent in the vertebrae of sauropods. Not all sauropods had long necks (witness the oddly truncated Brachytrachelopan), and not all were the size of houses (one recently discovered genus, Europasaurus, seems to have only been about the size of a large ox). Dinosaurs that have long necks belong to the clade of plant-eating dinosaurs known as sauropods. However, this raises as many questions as it answers, since pumping blood to a height of 40 or 50 feet would strain even the most robust heart. Nosotti (2007, p. 8) estimates the total length of the incomplete specimen PIMUZ T 2793 as 535 cm. Part I: Anatomy of the cervical column in the chicken (. 7.5), although the spines are higher in posterior cervicals. Because of their size, most sauropods most likely had a distinct feeding advantage over other land-dwelling dinosaurs—their extremely long necks enabled them to browse among the tops of the tallest trees. 2.4). The shape of cervical vertebrae is quantified by the elongation index (EI), defined by Wedel, Cifelli & Sanders (2000b, p. 346) as the anteroposterior length of the centrum divided by the midline height of its posterior articular face. Diplodocus is among the most easily identifiable dinosaurs, with its typical sauropod shape, long neck and tail, and four sturdy legs. In this respect, sauropod osteology is intermediate between the conditions of crocodilians and birds – so the widely recognized similarity of sauropod cervicals to those of birds (e.g., Wedel & Sanders, 2002; Tsuihiji, 2004), while significant, should not be accepted unreservedly. This chapter asks how dinosaurs used long necks and tails. 11.4, 11.5), the epipophyses are more prominent and significant than the neural spines and serve as insertion points for all of the multisegment dorsal muscles. Sauropods had very long necks, long tails, small heads (relative to the rest of their body), and four thick, pillar-like legs. longus colli dorsalis. Several anatomical features enabled this extreme elongation, including: absolutely large body size and quadrupedal stance providing a stable platform for a long neck; a small, light head that did not orally process food; cervical vertebrae that were both numerous and individually elongate; an efficient air-sac-based respiratory system; and distinctive cervical architecture. Fossil findings also confirm that the massive, pillar-like legs and skeletal construction were able to support the giant sauropods on land. 11). In sauropods, the size and location of the epipophyses is variable: in C8 of Giraffatitan, the epipophyses are approximately half as high above the centrum as the neurapophysis (Fig. While pneumaticity may be necessary for the development of a long neck, it is clearly not sufficient: while three groups of theropods, all pneumatic, evolved necks in the 2–2.5 m range, and pneumatic pterosaurs attained 3 m, these remain well short of even the less impressive sauropod necks (e.g., 4 m in Camarasaurus AMNH 5761; Osborn & Mook, 1921). Giraffatitan, and a comparison of the world’s largest dinosaurs. (To be fair, though, most of this length was taken up by Diplodocus' enormously long neck and tail, not its bloated trunk.) "But we did not know what was the effect of this global crisis in the terrestrial ecosystems. In a male sperm whale (Physeter) with a total body length of 16 m, the length of the head is 5.6 m (Nishiwaki, Ohsumi & Maeda (1963), cited in Cranford (1999, table 1)). There are strong mechanical constraints on the latter: as body size increases, the eggs approach a point at which the shell cannot simultaneously be thick enough to support the egg and thin enough for the hatchling to break out of (Murray & Vickers-Rich, 2004, p. 212; Birchard & Deeming, 2009). Dinosaur fossil from 98 million-years-ago unearthed in Argentina may have been the largest animal to ever walk the Earth, study claims The fossil remains — including tail and pelvic bones — were uncovered in 2012 The giant titanosaur sauropod dinosaur would have had a long neck and tail It was preserved in a muddy floodplain in what […] Modern swans have up to 25 cervical vertebrae, and as noted above the marine reptile Albertonectes had 76 cervical vertebrae. One of the key innovations in the evolution of sauropods was quadrupedality, facilitated by characters such as forelimb elongation, columnar limbs and short metapodials (Wilson & Sereno, 1998, p. 24). Diplodocus is among the most easily identifiable dinosaurs, with its typical sauropod shape, long neck and tail, and four sturdy legs. by David Button 1. If Therizinosaurus were similarly proportioned, its neck would have been about 2.2 m long. 6.3). Ideas on sauropod neck posture have varied a lot over the decades. Its type specimen, UJF VF1, is a single cervical vertebra. For many years, it was the longest dinosaur known. Brachiosaurus is one of the most famous Sauropods. Dicraeosaurids (Dicraeosaurus, Amargasaurus, and related taxa) had reduced postcranial pneumaticity compared to other neosauropods, both in terms of the number of presacral vertebrae that were pneumatized, and in the air space proportion (Schwarz & Fritsch, 2006). Updated 8:05 PM ET, Tue November 17, 2020. This is a consequence of scaling, which makes it impossible for sauropod necks to be similar to those of ostriches. In fact, there are several likely reasons. C. M. flexor colli lateralis. But other long-necked groups are more limited in their elongation of individual vertebrae. The specific gravity (SG) of compact bone is 1.8–2.0 in most tetrapods (Spector, 1956), so an element with an ASP of 0.60 (and therefore a compact bone proportion of 0.40) would have an in-vivo SG of 0.7–0.8. What's more, some sauropods walked on two legs while others used four. Diplodocus probably used its tail as a counterbalance for its long neck and it may have whipped attackers with its tail, too. Stiff cervical ribs would have helped provide lateral stabilization for the neck, which would have been especially important in taxa with epaxial tension members concentrated on the midline (i.e., those with non-bifid spines) as discussed above. These trees supplanted the lush vegetation of the humid environment that preceded the volcanic event. Air-Filled sacs, lightening sauropod necks was made possible by the distinctive architecture their... 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