New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

 

Seismosaurus Bone Map


Seismosaurus Hallorum
Bone Map
Pronunciation: SIGHS-mo-sore-us
Meaning: Earth Shaking Lizard
Specimen Number: NMMMNH P-3590
Location: Sandoval County, New Mexico
Image By: Matt Celeskey


 One of the largest sauropods, 110-foot-(33-meter)-long Seismosaurus is known only from New Mexico. The tail of this giant plant eater was like a whip that could be used to defend against attacking predators.

Many people believe an entire skeleton can be reconstructed from a single bone. Not so! Paleontologists compare single bones or a few bones of a new dinosaur to the complete skeletons of similar dinosaurs to reconstruct a complete skeleton of the new dinosaur.