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Dicraeosaurus - dinosaur with large neck spines

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Dicraeosaurus (from Ancient Greek words "dicraious" meaning "bifurcated" and "sauros" meaning "lizard") is named for the spines on the back of its neck. The spines were not straight, as in some other members of its family, but each one was 'Y' shaped, like a fork, hence the adjective "bifurcated".

Dicraeosaurus lived in the Late Jurassic Period, some 150 million years ago. Unlike most sauropod dinosaurs, it had a large head with a relatively short and wide neck. The neck featured 12 unusually short vertebrae. Dicraeosaurus was somewhat smaller in size, that is, it only reached 12 m long. It was herbivorous.

Fossil remains of this prehistoric animal have been found in Tanzania, in Eastern Africa.

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