Sauropod Gigantism

@article{Sander2008SauropodG,
  title={Sauropod Gigantism},
  author={P. Martin Sander and Marcus Clauss},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={322},
  pages={200 - 201}
}
S auropod dinosaurs were the largest animals ever to inhabit the land (see the figure). At estimated maximum body masses of 50 to 80 metric tons, they surpassed the largest terrestrial mammals and nonsauropod dinosaurs by an order of magnitude. With body lengths of more than 40 m and heights of more than 17 m, their linear dimensions also remain unique in the animal kingdom. From their beginnings in the Late Triassic (about 210 million years ago), sauropods diversified into about 120 known… 
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