Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 29th, 2011
The “Brontosaurus” at Dinosaur Park, Rapid City, South Dakota, represents the view of what this animal was thought to look like over a hundred years ago.
What do you think of the creature noted in the following article? Someone’s imagination? A living “extinct brontosaurus”? Or “fabled sea serpent”? Real encounter? Tall tale? Journalistic hoax? Escaped circus snake?
The illustration of a “brontosaurus” from 1897, shown above, is much different that what we know about these dinosaurs today. All of these are now acknowledged to be in the genus Apatosaurus, and, for example, they carried their heads and tails more aligned than depicted in past drawings. Apatosaurus was originally known as Brontosaurus, until 1975 when its skull was finally discovered.
Thanks for the archival news item from Perry Schnebelen.