Learn Before You Go
- Scientific Name: Alamosaurus
- Pronunciation: AL-uh-a-mo-SAWR-us
- Name Means: Alamo lizard (first fossil was found in the Ojo Alamo geologic formation)
- Diet: Herbivore
- Fossils Found: Throughout the southwest US including New Mexico, Texas, and Utah (It's one of the most commonly found fossils, but no skull (only teeth) has been found yet.)
- Wikipedia: Alamosaurus
A Mammoth of a Jigsaw Puzzle
The Alamosaurus sculpture is almost 65 feet long. It had to be shipped in over a dozen pieces from the company in Canada where it was made and then reassembled onsite before the trail opened to the public.
The Alamosaurus is a sauropod. Sauropods are the largest land animals that ever lived. And since there is no living animal built the same way, there's a lot we are still trying to learn about how they lived. The Brontosaurus sculpture on our old trail is also a sauropod, although that name is no longer used. Brontosaurus is now referred to as an Apatosaurus.