One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A late Jurassic dinosaur related to the brachiosaurus, known from only a few bones but probably the tallest animal ever, and possibly the heaviest at up to 130 tons.
- ‘Jensen named the Ultrasaurus in 1985 (meaning "Ultra lizard").’
- ‘When I was about 5 I had a dinosaur book and there was a page with a silhouette drawing of a man standing beside an ultrasaurus leg.’
- ‘Many of the sauropods are closely related and perhaps you are correct in thinking ultrasaurus is just a massive brachiosuar but this is doubtful.’
- ‘But scientists have taken a second look and surmise that ultrasaurus could be the remains of a huge brachiosaur and supersaurus mixed together.’
- ‘All in all, I think it's easier to stick with ultrasaurus.’
Modern Latin, from Latin ultra ‘beyond’ + Greek sauros ‘lizard’.
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