Dicraeosurus by Walter Colvin


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3d art render of three Dicraeosaurus.

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This image is not Historically accurate.

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It was named for the spines on the back of the neck. The first fossil was described by paleontologist Werner Janensch in 1914.

Artist’s reconstruction of Dicraeosaurus
Dicraeosaurus skeleton
Head reconstructionUnlike most diplodocoids, Dicraeosaurus had a large head since its neck was shorter and wider. It also lacked the whiplash tail that diplodocids had. Its size was also different. It only reached 41 feet in length. It gets its name, which means two-forked lizard, from the spines that came from the vertebrae. They were not straight as in some members of the family. Each one was “Y” shaped, like a fork. These spines also provided muscle attachment points.

Dicraeosaurus lived in the Late Jurassic, along with the other dinosaurs and kin that lived during that time. It was herbivorous; however, it didn’t compete with other dinosaurs for vegetation. Fossils have been discovered in the rocks of Tendaguru Hill in Tanzania. The rocks also yield fossils of Brachiosaurus and Kentrosaurus. This presents evidence that these were the herbivores that Dicraeosaurus lived with, so it would not have had to compete for food because they all grazed at different levels.

Info from Wikipida free online encyclopedia.


  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 5 years ago

    You do a splendid job with these images Walter. The animals look so natural and the scene so realistic.

  • Thank you very much Brian.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 5 years ago

    marvelous image Walter ):

  • Thank you Dawn. My dinosaur images are not that popular, but my grandson and I do them together and that is alot fun.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    wonderful image walter,dawnx

  • Thank you very much Dawn

    – Walter Colvin

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 5 years ago

    Amazing and wonderful work Walter, well done.

  • Thank you very much Dave. My grandson helps me with all the dionsaur images.

    – Walter Colvin

  • WayoftheWarrior
    WayoftheWarriorover 5 years ago

    Excellent one

  • THank you Tony

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 5 years ago

    Incredible work Walter!! :)

  • Thank you Kreesor

    – Walter Colvin

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 5 years ago

    THank you Kreesor.

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