Thursday, September 10, 2009

Artwork Of The Day #9!!!!!!!

Apatosaurus/ Brontosaurus by: Joe Tucciarone. This large Jurassic Herbivore was, probably, THE most famous Sauropod in the eyes of the public. Why the name difference? Back in the mid 1800's during the Great Dinosaur Rush with Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, E.D. Cope discovered incomplete, disarticulate remains of a large sauropod and named it Apatosaurus. Years later, O.C. Marsh, found the remains of a MORE complete Sauropod and named it Brontosaurus. Since the public knew what this Sauropod looked like, it gained the fame. However, it wasn't until years later when Paleontologists realized they were the same animal and, in according to something I like to call Nomenclature Hiearchy, since Apatosaurus was published first, the name changed and Brontosaurus became an obsolete genus. There you go! A fact few, "Non-paleo," people knew about. For those who did NOT know this, Cool Fact, huh? ;)