Fossil of the Month
Diplodocus was one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. It was the longest land animal, but not the heaviest. It was a sauropod, a "lizard-hipped" dinosaur. Diplodocus carnegii was named after industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. This sauropod was the most famous dinosaur on the planet in the last century. There is a famous life-size replica of the Diplodocus nicknamed "Dippy" in front of the Carnegie Museum of National History (Pittsburgh, PA, USA). Diplodocus was a herbivore, it ate only plants; main food was probably conifers. It must have eaten an enormous amount of plants each day. It didn't chew them, it swallowed leaves whole. It swallowed also stones (gastroliths), which it held in its stomach. They helped by digesting tough plant material. See him this month at the Museum of Ancient Life.