Stubby Dino Find Blurs Image of Long-Neck Lumberers

Paleontologists today unveiled a sauropod dinosaur with a stubby neck. The discovery smudges the common picture of sauropods as unspecialized, lumbering dinosaurs that used very long necks to munch away at any greenery in sight, including treetops.

Sauropods were the largest animals ever to walk on land. They are characterized by their small heads, elephant-like limbs, and long tails and necks. Some sauropods’ necks were four times as long as their backs.