Dinosauria Online


MAMENCHISAURUS (mah-MUN-chee-sawr-us) "Mamenchi Lizard" (Named for Mamenchi, the area of China where it was found, + Greek sauros lizard)

A Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous SUROPOD. This huge four legged plant eater resembled DIPLODOCUS. It had short legs and a very long, 36 foot (11 m) neck that had 19 vertebrae, longer than the neck of any other dinosaur known. Mamenchisaurus was about 72 feet (22 m) long and weighed approximately 30 tons (27.2 metric tons). It is known from a skeleton that is complete except for the end of the TAIL.

Classification: Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha, Saurischia