Apatosaurus - Good Luck Minis®
Apatosaurus just can’t live down its name change. In 1877, the sauropod was discovered, but two years later, a larger dinosaur was uncovered and named Brontosaurus. More than 20 years later, comparative analysis of the fossils showed that Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus were the same dinosaur, and because Apatosaurus was named first, it should have been the official name. Alas, Apatosaurus still struggles under the shadow of Brontosaurus. Countless cultural phenomena, including Bronto burgers and a postal service Brontosaurus stamp, kept Brontosaurus in the forefront, even after science had long left the name behind. Regardless of the confusion, scientists continue to make exciting discovers about the massive beasts. One study concluded that its whip-like tail could have been heard from miles away when cracked. Another study posited that Apatosaurus necks may have been more flexible than previously imagined. A more unique study concluded that sauropod farts produced enough methane to impact the climate during the era of dinosaurs.