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This specimen measures approx. 22 1/4″ long x 5 3/4″ wide. This specimen will come on the custom made stand with ID Tag as shown.
Among the best-known sauropods,Diplodocuswere very large, long-necked,quadrupedalanimals, with long, whip-like tails. Their fore limbs were slightly shorter than their hind limbs, resulting in a largely horizontal posture. The skeletal structure of these long-necked, long-tailed animals supported by four sturdy legs have been compared with suspension bridges.In fact,Diplodocus carnegiiis currently one of the longest dinosaurs known from a complete skeleton,with a total length of 25 metres (82 ft). Modern mass estimates forDiplodocus carnegiihave tended to be in the 11– to 13-ton) range. Diplodocushad an extremely long tail, composed of about 80caudal vertebrae,which are almost double the number some of the earlier sauropods had in their tails (such asShunosauruswith 43), and far more than contemporaneousmacronarianshad (such asCamarasauruswith 53). Some speculation exists as to whether it may have had a defensiveor noisemaking (by cracking it like a whip) function.The tail may have served as a counterbalance for the neck. The middle part of the tail had ‘double beams’ (oddly shaped chevron bones on the underside, which gaveDiplodocusits name). They may have provided support for the vertebrae, or perhaps prevented the blood vessels from being crushed if the animal’s heavy tail pressed against the ground. These ‘double beams’ are also seen in some related dinosaurs. Like other sauropods, the manus (front “feet”) ofDiplodocuswere highly modified, with the finger and hand bones arranged into a vertical column,horseshoe-shaped in cross section.Diplodocuslacked claws on all but one digit of the front limb, and this claw was unusually large relative to other sauropods, flattened from side to side, and detached from the bones of the hand. The function of this unusually specialized claw is unknown.