Origin of brontosaurus
Examples from the Web for brontosaurus
Two years were required to unearth the skeleton of a brontosaurus.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
The Diplodocus nearly equalled the Brontosaurus in bulk and exceeded it in length.Dinosaurs
William Diller Matthew
There were roars of laughter, and a grin from White like the smile of a brontosaurus.Tell England
And they had a smooth skin, while this thing has scales, like those of a brontosaurus, which was really a land animal.Omega, the Man
Lowell Howard Morrow
Simultaneously there appeared a herd of the greatest of all the prehistoric monsters—the Brontosaurus.
- any very large herbivorous quadrupedal dinosaur of the genus Apatosaurus, common in North America during Jurassic times, having a long neck and long tail: suborder Sauropoda (sauropods)
Word Origin and History for brontosaurus
1879, Modern Latin, from Greek bronte "thunder" (perhaps from PIE imitative root *bhrem- "to growl") + -saurus. Brontes was the name of one of the Cyclopes in Greek mythology.
- An earlier name for apatosaurus.
Word History: Take a little deception, add a little excitement, stir them with a century-long mistake, and you have the mystery of the brontosaurus. Specifically, you have the mystery of its name. For 100 years this 70-foot-long, 30-ton vegetarian giant had two names. This case of double identity began in 1877, when bones of a large dinosaur were discovered. The creature was dubbed apatosaurus, a name that meant deceptive lizard or unreal lizard. Two years later, bones of a larger dinosaur were found, and in all the excitement, scientists named it brontosaurus or thunder lizard. This name stuck until scientists decided it was all a mistake-the two sets of bones actually belonged to the same type of dinosaur. Since it is a rule in taxonomy that the first name given to a newly discovered organism is the one that must be used, scientists have had to use the term apatosaurus. But thunder lizard had found a lot of popular appeal, and many people still prefer to call the beast brontosaurus.